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Community Education Seminars – Sunshine Coast Presenters Announced!

This week we announce the presenters of the Sunshine Coast Seminar, the final stop of our October roadshow. It is our pleasure to introduce Andrew Suttie partner at Nicholsons Solicitors and James Nickless partner at Chambers Russell Lawyers. Andrew and James will be two of the Sunshine Coast seminar presenters that will provide answers to…

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The History of Body Corporate Series – Part 3

The History of body corporate is ever-changing. Over the last few weeks, we have delved into the past to review the transformation the industry has made. Part one started back in the 1930 to 1960 era when community living first emerged in QLD. It then covered 1960-1970 when multi-story dwellings and cluster housing were given…

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Bad Neighbours & Sale Contract Disclosure

In a case decided by the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a seller of a strata lot was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to someone who purchased their unit. The seller failed to disclose to the buyer something that would materially affect their use and enjoyment of the property they…

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Community Education Seminars – Registrations Open!

Its that time of year again. Our Smart Strata community education seminars are fast approaching. Twice a year Smart Strata proudly delivers a seminar series to Queensland connecting the strata community to strata professionals. Our next seminar series will be no different, as you will see, as we unveil our speaker line-up over the coming…

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QFES Alarm Monitoring Schedule of Charges 2022-23

It’s that time of year again. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has released its Annual Alarm Management Charge (AMC) for the 2022-2023 financial year. The Alarm Management Agreement (AMA) is administered by the Contract Management Unit. The AMA is a contract between QFES and the registered premises owner (Body Corporate)  of a protected premises…

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Short term letting – Decision challenged

How Airbnb (or short term letting generally) operate in bodies corporate has been covered off in various articles. In short: by-laws regulated by the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (BCCMA) cannot regulate the use of a residential lot; local councils can (and sometime do) regulate the use of a residential lot; and…

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The History of Body Corporate Series- Part 2

The landscape of Body Corporate has transformed massively over the past 90 years.  From the emergence of community living in 1930- 1906 to 1960-1970 when multi-storey dwellings and cluster housing were given direction through two new laws. Both of these eras were covered last week in The History of Body Corporate Series- Part 1. This…

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The History of Body Corporate Series – Part 1.

Here at Archers the Strata Professionals we entered 2022 with an immense amount of pride as we celebrate 40 years of business. This massive milestone has now prompted us to reflect on the history of not only our business but also the Body Corporate Industry in QLD since its inception. To commemorate this milestone, we…

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Debt Recovery – Counter Claim as a Defence?

Committees are commonly faced with many challenges when it comes to recovering outstanding Body Corporate debts from Owners. There are times when the debtor argues that they should not need to pay their levies due to a fault of the Body Corporate. On 26 May 2022, the District Court confirmed in The Body Corporate for…

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Caretaker disputes

Body corporate disputes involving caretakers can generate considerable confusion and frustration. Our interactions with clients indicate that further clarification of the options available to resolve caretaker disputes and the legal requirements for termination would be helpful. In this article, we will highlight what the relevant legislation says about terminating an engagement and what steps the…

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