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Large Market Electricity Tendering

Unlike Small Market energy pricing, where tariffs are controlled by industry regulators and consumer pricing is capped, Large Market energy pricing is only partially regulated, and buyers need to be aware of what they are buying. What does that mean to me? Is my energy account Large or Small? What can I negotiate? What costs…

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Can a Body Corporate Restrict the Long or Short Term Use of a Lot?

Since the rise of AirBnB, many communities have felt the deleterious effects of short term letting. Conversely, a lesser publicised but equally important issue has stayed in the industry for longer: buildings developed for short term accommodation having to contend with long term tenants. Bodies corporate are frequently told that they cannot restrict how long…

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About Occupiers’ Statements

Completing an Occupiers’ Statement and sending it to the Commissioner’s Office every year sounds easy enough to do, so why does this seemingly straight forward exercise tend to generate so much confusion and angst? In this article, we have answered the most commonly asked questions from bodies corporate with regards to occupier’s statements. I am…

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Noise in Strata

Noise issues are likely to be enhanced even more during the COVID pandemic, where there are more people at the building than usual because they’re working from home, self-isolating or vulnerable. Then there’s the thorny issue of how to deal with noise and nuisance issues from the younger members of our strata community. Children and…

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Facility Management Efficiency – The True Cost

Taking into consideration all elements of the facility management process can be an expensive, and often time-consuming, exercise. One of the most important tasks Facility Managers are faced with is identifying the most cost-effective solutions to issues that may arise. This generally comes down to ensuring the workplace is efficient in its day-to-day processes. There…

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Maintenance Obligations

Maintenance disputes are the single biggest issue that results in adjudication applications and information inquiries to the Commissioner’s Office. The general position is that; owners are responsible for maintaining their own lots; and the body corporate is responsible for maintaining the common property. However, there are a number of exceptions to the general position and…

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Preventing Winter Fire Hazards

Statistics show that almost half of unit fires are started in the kitchen and 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter. With winter well and truly upon us, now is the time to be prepared, if you haven’t already, by reducing the risk of fires occurring which can lead to loss of property, major…

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Communal Facility Restrictions Less Burdensome

From noon Friday last week, stage 3 of the roadmap to easing restrictions commences with some changes to communal facility management in body corporate complexes. Strata Community Association (SCA) (Qld)’s Guide Return to (the new) Normal, Stage 3 outlines what is important for strata communities to comply with. Non-compliance may result in fines of up…

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Tax Time is Here!

Is your strata property generating income from a lease? If the answer is yes, then you will likely be getting ready to prepare all of your income records for lodgement with your tax return. You will also be gathering all of the associated expenses that are deductible for tax purposes which in most cases includes…

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Australasian Strata Insights 2020 Report Released

In 2020, SCA have again partnered with UNSW City Futures to deliver comprehensive data on the strata sector in Australasia. The data this year now extends to New Zealand. This report is an analysis of the state of the strata industry. It includes figures on the numbers of strata schemes (plans) and lots (units), the…

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