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QLD STRATA DOGS ARE PARTYING HARD

INTRODUCTION For a long time, Queensland strata laws did not specifically address keeping pets in strata buildings as there was no standard by laws and no legal sections covering them. Instead, if strata buildings made by laws restricting or banning pets or refused approval to keep a pet, those by laws and decisions could be…

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STATUTORY REVIEWS – A PROCESS FOR CHANGING YOUR CARETAKING AGREEMENT

When a new community title scheme is established, the developer has an obligation – to both the body corporate and the caretaker – to ensure the caretaking agreement is appropriate for the scheme. It is not uncommon for bodies corporate and caretakers to have issues with the caretaking agreements and remuneration in new schemes, and…

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COMMITTEE COURSE CHALLENGE PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED!

A big thank you to the 117 subscribers who took the time out of your busy schedules to complete the Committee Course Challenge. It was great to see so many participants eager to learn the purpose of a Body Corporate Committee in Queensland, how the Committee is elected and how they function. If you would…

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NEW LAWS OPEN THE CATFLAP TO PETS

On Tuesday 14 November 2023, the Queensland Government passed new body corporate laws. The new laws will commence on a date yet to be announced, which is likely to be in early 2024.  Three things to know about new strata laws regarding pets: The new legislation is extremely pet-friendly Existing ‘no-pets’ by-laws are confirmed as invalid,…

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DEMYSTIFYING INSURANCE EXCESS

Who pays the excess on an insurance claim is an issue that our adjudicators are often called upon to determine. We will try and clear up the confusion surrounding who is liable for the excess on insurance claims by examining past orders of our adjudicators. It is important to keep in mind that the orders…

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WAYS THE BODY CORPORATE CAN EFFECTIVELY MAINTAIN THEIR APARTMENT BUILDINGS’ VENTILATION SYSTEM

Clean and well-maintained ventilation systems play a vital role in ensuring a healthy and comfortable living environment for residents and guests. Regular maintenance improves indoor air quality and prevents potential issues such as fire and health risks, poor airflow, unpleasant odours, overheating, and, in some cases mould growth. Let’s explore some ways in which the…

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COMMITTEE COURSE CHALLENGE CLOSING TODAY!

COMMITTEE COURSE CHALLGENGE CLOSING TODAY, 26TH JANUARY 2024! Together, we’ve successfully surpassed the completion of over 100 Committee Course Challenges! We’ve put assembled a quick, intriguing multiple-choice quiz that comes after an easy-to-follow, 1-page breakdown of the Committee roles and responsibilities. To get started, just sign into your Smart Strata account and complete your course by 5 pm…

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MANAGING A HOLIDAY HOME? YOU MUST HOLD A LICENCE

The festive season can signal a quieter time of the year for the long-term rental market, it is the start of a very busy period for holiday and short-term letting. It’s important to know that someone managing a property on behalf of others, through sites like Airbnb or Stayz, requires a licence to do so.…

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MANAGING DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOURS IN SHORT-TERM LETTING

The popularity of short-term accommodation platforms has revolutionised the way property owners rent their lots, providing an abundance of choices for both owners and holidaymakers. However, the convenience these platforms offer can sometimes lead to challenges for body corporate residents. This article aims to shed light on the current landscape and regulatory framework, specifically under…

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RECOVERING FROM THE END OF 2023

Well, 2023 was certainly a year of extremes and it is no surprise that it came to a close with a Tropical cyclone in Cairns, severe thunderstorms, declared a tornado, on the Gold Coast as a Christmas present and severe thunderstorms which threatened to dampen New Years Eve celebrations on the Sunshine Coast. The Queensland…

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