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Monitored Fire Alarms in QLD – QFES Fees Released

QFES Schedule of charges 2019-20The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is currently in the process of issuing the Annual Alarm Management Charge (AMC) for the 2019-20 financial year. These charges are associated with the automatic fire alarm monitoring services they provide which we wrote about earlier in the year Here. With the exception of…

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Committee Member Payments and Reimbursements – What’s the Difference?

Have you ever noticed a line item in the financial statements listing Committee Payment, Reimbursement or similar and wondered what this amount is for? As strata managers we get this question quite often when it first appears so we thought it would be beneficial to put together all of the answers about what the amount…

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Management Rights Transfer Voided

Imagine running a management rights business for 4 years, doing the work and being paid, only to be told that the management rights were never validly transferred to you. On 10 July 2019 Adjudicator Barry declared that body corporate committee resolutions from 2015 consenting to the transfer of management rights were void. Accordingly, the current…

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Smoke Drift and Vaping Defined

Smoking in strata and the regulation of this activity within a community title scheme has been written about extensively for a number of years. In this article we will summarise the takeaway points from those prior publications and delve into the growing trend of vaping, including the legislative definitions. We will provide clarity on whether…

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Committee Guide to Managing Defects

If you are currently experiencing defects in your building, no doubt you will need some answers to the many questions that arise managing building defects which include: How does the QBCC works? What are the different defect category types? What are the body corporate statutory obligations with respect to maintenance and repair of common property?…

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Keeping the pool water safe with proper Pool Management

There is a serious side to operating and maintaining high bather load swimming pools and spas such as those in Strata Communities. An incorrect water balance, poor filtration or insufficient sanitiser can cause bather discomfort, skin irritation, pool staining, dirty water and illness, and lead to potential risk from complaints and worse still litigation. Do…

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Metro Strata Report 2019

With the state of residential strata development currently a hot topic nationally, it is important to gain an overall understanding of each Capital City Metro market’s development pipeline. The PRDnationwide Strata Development Pipeline Capital City Metro Areas September 2019 aims to provide a high-level view of total, proceeding, and deferred/abandoned strata developments, both in terms…

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FACT OR FICTION

A District Court judge once described Queensland’s strata legislation as “incomprehensible as it is over-prescriptive”. It is this legislation that aims to govern and regulate all of the competing interests that take hold in a community titles scheme. It should come as no surprise that in this mix we regularly see fictions about how the…

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Common Noise Complaints

One of the most common complaints received in strata schemes is to do with unwelcome noise, which can be understandable when living in close proximity. Noise has a knack for traveling through floors, ceilings, walls and across balconies. It is only to be expected that on occasion you will hear some noise from your neighbours,…

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Commissioners Corner – For Sale Signs and Open Homes

Most of my articles focus on rights and responsibilities for owners of lots in a community titles scheme. On the other side of the coin, what about the implications for the sale or potential sale of a lot in a scheme? Firstly, there’s no requirement under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 for…

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