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Monitored Fire Alarms in QLD

Monitored Fire Alarms in Queensland Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have recently provided notices to the nominated building contacts of the pending 2019-20 Annual Alarm Management Charge/s to be issued in August 2019. These charges are associated with the automatic fire alarm monitoring services they provide. The QFES included a detailed fact sheet with…

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QBCC Contract Requirements

QBCC Contract Requirements The QBCC (Queensland and Building Construction Commission) is Queensland’s building industry regulator. Established under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act), it provides information, advice and regulation. That includes resolving defective building work disputes, providing insurance to protect homeowners and licencing contractors. Under the QBCC Act, all contractors performing…

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Transferring money between funds

Transferring money between funds Questions regarding what the body corporate can do when there is not enough money allocated in a certain fund, in particular the transferring of money between the administrative fund and the sinking fund are common in our Office. In this article we will briefly touch on what are funds, how funds…

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Commissioners Corner: Removing and Replacing Committee Members – FAQ’s

Commissioners Corner: Removing and Replacing Committee Members – FAQ’s We get a lot of enquiries about the process for removing and replacing committee members. While the FAQs in this article provide some general information about these topics, it’s worth saying that merely removing and replacing a committee member is not necessarily going to solve all…

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Short Term Letting & Insurance Premium Increase Disputes

Short Term Letting & Insurance Premium Increase Disputes Have you ever wondered what happens when a lot owner starts short-term letting and it affects the ability of the body corporate to get the required statutory insurance? If so, you might want to read this story about a dispute between owners of a two-lot scheme in…

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Community Education Seminars – NQ Wrap Up and SEQ Registrations closing soon!

Community Education Seminars – NQ Wrap Up and SEQ Registrations closing soon! Our latest round of Community Education Seminars were held in Cairns and Townsville last week delivering the latest information on the North QLD Insurance Readiness Program and a Strata MythBusters session busting many common misconceptions in the strata industry. If you missed out…

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Cladding Compliance – 29 May Stage 2 Deadline Looming

Cladding Compliance – 29 May Stage 2 Deadline Looming Building owners required to respond to the Queensland Government’s new combustible cladding regulations have been forced to remain passengers on the cladding ‘compliance bus’, even if their properties have been cleared of potentially hazardous materials. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has recently indicated more…

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Leasing Common Property

Leasing Common Property Bodies Corporate can’t carry on business, but they can still make a buck – one way is to grant a lease over part, or even all (!) of the Common Property. A lease can be granted to anyone, whether owner, occupier or third party… Leases are legal documents under which the Body…

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Installing Solar PV in Qld Strata

Installing Solar PV in QLD Strata While rooftop solar photovoltaic (solar PV) has been popular in Australia, there is relatively low penetration in strata/community title schemes (strata schemes) with an estimated 0.5 per cent of such schemes having solar installed, nation-wide. It’s hard to pinpoint one reason for this, but some factors include: Perceived complexity…

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Power of Entry – With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

Power of Entry – With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility The statutory power of entry conferred on bodies corporate is significant. It permits authorised persons of the body corporate to enter somebody’s home, without their consent, upon having given at least seven days’ notice of the proposed entry. It is therefore imperative that when exercising…

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