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Commissioners Corner – Water Damage Claims and Who Pays Explained

Taking into account the number of calls we receive on the issue, water damage is a hot topic for lot owners and bodies corporate. In doing a bit of basic research for this article, I came to understand that in Australia, water damage insurance claims are a big part of the insurance market. Here’s one…

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2019 Strata Year In Review

Welcome to our first update for 2020 as we recap the highlights of our 2019 year of strata newsletters. We are sincerely thankful and humbled by your support shown throughout the past year with a total of 355,316 newsletter reads by Smart Strata’s now in excess of 30,000 subscribers! This keen interest inspires us to…

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Pool Fence Compliance Explained

Strata Communities often overlook the legislative requirements to ensure that the Body Corporate is in possession of a current Pool Safety Certificate. This is not only a compliance issue that attracts fines, but can also put the safety of residents and their children at risk as well as the risk of potential liability on the…

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Strata Manager Accreditation Explained

In Queensland, there is no requirement for your Body Corporate (Strata) Manager to be licensed or qualified before they open for business offering administration services. This means service providers who have gained industry qualifications, do so voluntarily as the QLD government does not require any pre-requisite training prior to offering services. If you would like…

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Defamation Case Overturned – When winning is losing and costs you a fortune

The art of civility appears to be dying. When people are willing to sue each other over a bad date, or even over the length of a sandwich, the urge to hit speed-dial to call in the lawyers has never been greater. Earlier this year we reported on a defamation case that cost a tenant…

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Get Storm Season Ready

Summer time is historically the peak period for storm season so now is the time to get prepared if you haven’t already. From past experiences, we know that intense weather events can occur with very little notice if any at all and when they hit, it is usually with devastating consequences. Storm and particularly cyclone…

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Christmas Lights Safety and Consideration

Its coming up to Christmas again so the decorations have been dusted off and hung up ready for Santa’s arrival in the coming weeks! Christmas light decorating is a tradition that many enjoy at this time of year however; residents need to be aware that they can also pose fire risks and electrical hazards if…

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Improvements Affecting External Appearance Defined

Have you ever faced the conundrum of deciding if an improvement such as an awning affects the external appearance of any lot enough to reasonably refuse approval? Or maybe you have been an owner looking to make an improvement to your lot and wondered whether a Committee has authority to grant approval or is it…

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Solar Install Rights – Ban the Banners Laws Tested

A recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal has cast a long shadow over the right of lot owners to install solar PV panels, despite restrictive covenants or by-laws. The court’s decision, while correct at law, opens the way for bodies corporate or developers to effectively ban the installation of solar PV cells. Prior…

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Smoke Alarm Compliance – Time to Act

The Queensland State Governments introduced new Smoke Alarm laws which came into effect on 1 January 2017. The new laws were developed following the recommendations made after the 2011 fatal house fire at Slacks Creek in Brisbane’s south, which tragically claimed 11 lives including 8 children. The full coroners report can be read Here. Almost…

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