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If It’s Not Budgeted For, Can The Committee Spend On It?

It’s a concern that is often raised. The committee is considering spending money. The fiscal-conservative on the committee, or the lot owner who disagrees with what it is being spent on, seizes the opportunity to point out that there is no line item for the expenditure in the budgets adopted at the last AGM. They…

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Body Corporate vs Body Corporate Manager – Roles and Responsibilities

Are you unsure on the role of a body corporate manager as opposed to the body corporate? Strata Community Association (QLD) has created a guide differentiating the roles and responsibilities of body corporate managers and a body corporate. The guide can be kept as a handy reference for committee members and be distributed to owners…

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New COVID-19 Regulation Amendments

Late last week the Government introduced new temporary measures to assist the community titles sector to navigate the complexities of holding meetings, and of managing access to common property and body corporate records in compliance with public health directives.  Last week’s changes to body corporate regulations mean that: From 19 March to 31 December 2020,…

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New BCCM Regulation Modules 2020

After a very long wait, the Queensland Government has today published new BCCM Regulation Modules that will commence on 1 March 2021. For the most part, the changes in these 2020 Regulations simply legitimise many modern practices, such as electronic voting.  Importantly, the new Regulations will close a loophole that developed whereby powers of attorney…

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Defamation Cases – Minor Altercation and Peeping Tom’ Committee

It’s an all too common occurrence – tempers can flare when people are forced to come into contact with others that they wouldn’t usually associate with. When there are differing views in a strata scheme (whether about the standard of caretaking, management, decisions made by the committee, or just disputes between different lot owners) it…

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Frequently Asked Questions – Keys, fobs, swipe cards, security access and issues

The Information and Community Education Unit gets many queries about keys, fobs, swipe cards and security access to body corporate buildings or scheme land. The legislation does not deal specifically with keys, fobs or swipe cards. It is important to note there is no explicit entitlement or ‘right’ under the Body Corporate and Community Management…

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Safety Compliance Audits – Friend or Foe?

To begin with, it is important to realise there are many types of audits.  Some of the more commonly known types include: Financial (e.g. Accounting, tax) Quality (e.g. Brand, products, services) Compliance (e.g. WHS, fire safety, environmental) Regardless of the type of audit, an audit is essentially about checking you are doing what you said…

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Management Rights Assignments For Bodies Corporate

Despite the body corporate being a party to the management rights agreements (Agreements), they are usually only involved towards the end of the assignment process. If the process is not managed carefully, the rights and obligations of the body corporate can be affected. In this article we discuss the stages of the assignment process, why…

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COVID-19 – Restrictions Return For Private and Public Gatherings

As of Saturday 22 August 2020, some COVID-19 related gathering restrictions in Queensland have been reinstated as a result of recent developments. These restrictions only apply to gatherings in private residences and public spaces, which includes bodies corporate, not businesses or parts of communal spaces that may operate under COVID-Safe plans. Gatherings are now limited…

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Pet Approvals – Is it Better to Seek Forgiveness than Ask Permission?

It’s an increasingly common, but increasingly disappointing, phenomenon – owners bringing their pets into a Community Titles Scheme before obtaining a Pet Approval. The “conventional wisdom” seems to be that because a Body Corporate can’t refuse a Pet Approval these days (after all by-laws banning pets are void aren’t they?) why not simply bring your pet…

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