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Management Rights Assignments For Bodies Corporate

Despite the body corporate being a party to the management rights agreements (Agreements), they are usually only involved towards the end of the assignment process. If the process is not managed carefully, the rights and obligations of the body corporate can be affected. In this article we discuss the stages of the assignment process, why…

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COVID-19 – Restrictions Return For Private and Public Gatherings

As of Saturday 22 August 2020, some COVID-19 related gathering restrictions in Queensland have been reinstated as a result of recent developments. These restrictions only apply to gatherings in private residences and public spaces, which includes bodies corporate, not businesses or parts of communal spaces that may operate under COVID-Safe plans. Gatherings are now limited…

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Pet Approvals – Is it Better to Seek Forgiveness than Ask Permission?

It’s an increasingly common, but increasingly disappointing, phenomenon – owners bringing their pets into a Community Titles Scheme before obtaining a Pet Approval. The “conventional wisdom” seems to be that because a Body Corporate can’t refuse a Pet Approval these days (after all by-laws banning pets are void aren’t they?) why not simply bring your pet…

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Combustible Cladding – Stage 3b & beyond…

Is your building one of the thousands of bodies corporate that contains some form of combustible cladding in Australia?  Are you registered on the Queensland Safer Buildings Cladding Register and heading toward the Stage 3b deadline?  Are you wondering what to do next? The Building and Other Legislation [Cladding] Amendment Regulation 2018 [Queensland] was introduced…

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Project Management Explained

Planning, organising, and managing a building maintenance project can be stressful and take up valuable time and resources. From organising reliable, qualified, and competent trades to developing a site risk management plan to ensure safe project completion all takes time, effort and skill.  Other necessary considerations include knowledge of required building and compliance standards and meeting…

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Is Your Embedded Network Better Off Being Supplied Electricity From An Authorised Retailer Or a Billing Agent?

Communities with embedded networks in Queensland have two choices when it comes to engaging a utility provider to manage their energy supply. They can either be an “exempt seller” themselves and engage a billing agent to manage the sale of energy and other services, or they can appoint an authorised retailer instead. Until recently, there…

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Parking in a Community Titles Scheme

Visitor parking or parking on common property is an issue that can be regulated by a body corporate. The ability of owners and occupiers who live in a community titles scheme (CTS) to park on the common property is subject to the by-laws registered for the scheme. Most parking by-laws prohibit owners and occupiers standing…

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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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