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Back to Basics – Calling for Nominations

Getting the basic procedural steps right is essential to the smooth running of a Body Corporate, particularly leading up to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). If these basic steps are not followed or communicated in accordance with the requirements of the legislation, the year end process can be compromised and potentially invalidate the AGM. In…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Seaside Strata Building with Preventative Maintenance

When you think of ocean-side properties, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the smell of the sea breeze? The sound of seagulls circling overhead? The ease of walking down to the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes? Or perhaps it’s the non-stop struggle of dealing with salt corrosion,…

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Insurance – What’s Covered and Making a Claim

With the recent heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of Queensland, many of us are washed over with memories of the 2011 floods which left thousands of residents with damaged properties, a mammoth clean-up and in dire need of compensation from their insurers. This event stands as a strong reminder of the importance of strata…

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Outbreak Cleaning Explained

Also known as Infection Control Cleaning or Cold & Flu Infection Cleaning, Outbreak Cleaning focuses on preventing the spread of germs, such as common colds and the flu. This is done by containing, controlling and eliminating pathogens (a bacterium, virus or other microorganism that can cause disease). Do I need Outbreak Cleaning? While general cleaning is important for maintaining the…

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Mediation – An Alternative to Adjudication

Seneca (one of those famous Roman philosophers) wrote: ‘It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it.’ That applies as much to strata disputes as it does to anything else. Everyone has seen big ticket litigation in the Supreme Court on the news, with teams of…

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Levy Recovery Proceedings

Judge McGill famously said “contributions and levies are the lifeblood of bodies corporate in much the same way as taxes are the lifeblood of the state“.[1] What His Honour sought to emphasize is how important contributions and levies are to the successful maintenance and administration of a Body Corporate But what happens if lot owners…

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Meeting Notices and Minutes – Back to Basics

Throughout the year, Lot owners can be issued with several Body Corporate meeting notices. These notices could include information related to Committee Meetings, voting outside of committee meetings (known as flying minutes), Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Current legislation specifies these notices must be issued within certain timeframes, which range…

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Electrical Safety In Strata Homes

Did you know that property owners and managers have a legal duty under the QLD Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to eliminate or manage electrical safety hazards for your tenants so far as reasonably practicable?   This means you may be held negligent and even liable should an electrical incident or injury occur and it…

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Smart Building Technology and Monitoring Devices

Over the past 5 years, there has been a significant change in technology with “smarter” devices now being installed into apartment blocks. More equipment is using sensors, connecting to the internet and providing real-time monitoring information back to strata committees to help them better manage their buildings. In this point of view, 10 of these…

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Asset Maintenance Scheduling and Records

If you invest in, own or occupy a residential or mixed-use strata building, it likely contains substantial assets, infrastructure, plant and equipment requiring periodic maintenance.  Both maintaining and keeping records of maintenance is required for not only the protection of the assets and smooth running of the building, but also in some cases to achieve…

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