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Answers To Fequently Asked Questions Relating To COVID-19

To provide guidance and support during this turbulent and uncertain time, we have put together some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) we have been fielding from strata committees and owners. Where possible, we have included links to resources from industry professionals and strata industry peak bodies Strata Community Association QLD and National.  To assist…

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Office of the Commissioner – Dealing with COVID-19 in Bodies Corporate

Bodies corporate and residents should consider the impact of COVID-19 on their body corporate, including what steps may be appropriate to limit transmission of the virus and to look after the interests of all residents and workers in the scheme. Bodies corporate and their committees have a statutory obligation to act ‘reasonably’. This means your…

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COVID-19 Lot Owner Best Practice Guide

Whether you’re a landlord, owner occupier, committee or a building manager, here’s what you need to know about preparedness, communication and resident safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide answers many questions unique to strata communities including: Are residents required to disclose to the Strata Community if they are self quarantined or infected? Should I…

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Self-Isolation Reporting In Short Term Accommodation

A lot of people are currently looking for somewhere to hole up, for 14 days, away from friends and family to comply with quarantine requirements. The obvious choice with the near death of the local tourism industry, is the cheap (and becoming cheaper) short-term accommodation offered in holiday resorts or business travelers’ accommodation. If your…

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Responsible Conduct of Body Corporate Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Only days ago, the Australian Government urged non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled.  Just this morning, that was extended to a ban on indoors gatherings of 100 people or more.   On Monday, President Trump called for Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. While some may debate whether…

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Commissioners Office Update

Commissioner Chris Irons resigned his role in January 2020. While this brings change to any organisation, the Commissioner’s Office has assured that they will continue to provide excellent service and support for the sector. A recruitment process is undertaken for a new Commissioner. In the interim, Jane Wilson has been asked to be the acting…

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2020 Statutory Land Valuations

It’s that time of year again. The Valuer General has recently issued new values for 21 local municipalities in QLD). You should receive your valuation in the mail or by email depending on your choice of service. The Valuer Generals latest property market movement report has also been released and can be found here. Read on…

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The Body Corporate’s Role in Protecting Their Communities During the Coronavirus Outbreak

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization [WHO] declared the coronavirus [COVID-19] outbreak a public emergency of national concern. As of 8 March 2020, the number of confirmed cases exceeds 100,000 across 100 countries. Most cases continue to be concentrated in the Hubei province of China.  A list of affected countries can be found…

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Can voting papers be sent to the body corporate manager?

Introduction An adjudicator recently ruled that voting papers sent to a body corporate manager were invalid as they were not given in compliance with section 84(2) of the Accommodation Module.  Section 84(2)(b) provides that a voter casts a written vote by giving the voting paper to the secretary (by hand, by post or by facsimile)…

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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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