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What is a Body Corporate Asset?

For the purposes of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (the Act), a body corporate can acquire an asset in the same way an individual can acquire an asset. What, then, do we mean by body corporate assets and what are the responsibilities of the body corporate in relation to their assets? Section…

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AirBnB Enforcement Explained

“What is the situation with AirBnB?” is a question my Office is increasingly asked, and a question I get asked often at seminars and other events. The question is probably better expressed as, “Where does a lot owner or a body corporate stand in relation to short-term letting under the legislation?” For the purposes of…

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Can Strata Finance Assist Your Building’s Obligations under the Cladding Regulations

If you are living in strata titled building you may be aware that the Queensland Government has introduced new Regulations requiring certain buildings built or renovated after 1994 to register online and notify the Queensland Building and Construction Commission of the cladding materials used on the exterior of their buildings. For some strata schemes, this…

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Buying in Strata – What you need to know

As you would no doubt be aware, my Office provides an information service to all parties with an interest in the community titles sector. This includes those people who are thinking about purchasing a lot in a community titles scheme. Prospective purchasers of lots have many things to consider, with one of the main things…

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Community Education Seminars – Combustible Cladding Laws

Combustible Cladding Regulations commenced on 1 October 2018 If you own property in a low, medium or high rise strata scheme approved after 1st January 1994, these regulations will affect you! Combustible cladding regulation specialists Ross Daley, Chief Executive Officer of Solutions in Engineering and Mario Esera, Special Counsel of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers (Brisbane) and…

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Body Corporate stung for fire safety breaches

A Brisbane body corporate has been slapped with a hefty fine for a litany of building fire safety offences that exposed residents to serious risks. The Brisbane Magistrates ordered Carlisle Community Title Scheme 9233 to pay $21,000 plus costs after it pleaded guilty to 21 breaches of the Fire and Emergency Services Act and Building…

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Fire and Evacuation Plans – Why You Need One

We regularly get asked the question; “why do we need to have a written fire and evacuation plan?” In this article we cover who needs one and what the plan needs to include to be compliant with the QLD Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) requirements. The following information is extracted from the QFES website –…

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Adjudicators Orders and Precedents Explained

Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to predict how the law will apply to your community titles scheme, or how your by-laws will be interpreted if they are ever disputed? Working out how the law applies to your scheme and circumstances can be challenging. In previous articles, I’ve briefly touched on the benefits of…

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Levy Arrears Recovery Time Limit Overturned

On 17 October 2017, we reported on a District Court of Queensland’s decision that barred a body corporate from recovering outstanding contributions where those contributions had been outstanding for more than two years and two months (view that article here). This caused significant confusion and disrupted longstanding practices in the strata industry, as nearly every…

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Electric Vehicle Charging in Strata Report

Under the Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategic plan the City of Sydney provided innovation grant funding to study Electric Vehicle (EV) charging in residential apartment buildings.  The final report was approved on 26th July 2018.  The study was conducted by Wattblock with in-kind contributions from Evercharge, AGL and Tesla.  You can download a copy of the report…

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