Whether we like it or not, the NBN is being rolled out at an unprecedented rate. What impact will this have on you? Once the NBN is rolled out, conventional lift phones will cease to operate in the event of a power failure. It is a mandatory legislative requirement to have an operating emergency phone…

Dander – it’s not a word most of us come across very often, other than back in primary school and Robert Louis Stevenson books. It probably goes hand in hand with ‘pluck’. However, dander has a very serious meaning to some of our readers, particularly when it comes to keeping pets in community titles schemes.…

Bullying, Abuse, Harassment, Nuisance and Discrimination (BAHND) in Strata Come and hear from the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management Chris Irons, Acting Commissioner Esther Blest and their representatives as they define what is “BAHND” in strata. They will provide helpful tips on what to do if you are on the receiving end of BAHND and…

For anyone who has read these types of articles before or who has some knowledge of what my Office does, you might know that we are in the business of dispute resolution. To be more specific, my Office has exclusive jurisdiction to resolve body corporate disputes – in other words, with the exception of some…

In December we published an article regarding the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (“QBCC”) dispute resolution functions. In that article we mentioned that a consumer or builder who is unsatisfied with a decision made by the QBCC is entitled to apply to administratively review the decision. In Australia, persons who are “affected” by an administrative…

In Queensland, storms and the associated water damage are an annual event. However, most property owners are unaware of the procedures in getting their water damage repaired quickly. After a storm, Insurance companies are typically inundated with claims and it can be weeks or months until water damage is assessed, approved and repaired. Below are…

New Statutory Valuations recently announced across Queensland – Disagree with a valuation? Object. With the deadline to lodge an objection fast approaching, the Queensland Valuer General has recently issued new values for 22 local municipalities across the state. The areas affected include; Banana, Barcoo, Boulia, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Diamantina, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold…

The Multi Owned Properties Research Hub has been launched at the International Forum on Multi Owned Properties, hosted by Deakin University. The Hub is the new online platform for research on multi-owned properties from various jurisdictions around the world. The Hub houses research papers submitted by academics, researchers and other sector professionals. The Hub is…

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