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Communal Facility Restrictions Less Burdensome

From noon Friday last week, stage 3 of the roadmap to easing restrictions commences with some changes to communal facility management in body corporate complexes. Strata Community Association (SCA) (Qld)’s Guide Return to (the new) Normal, Stage 3 outlines what is important for strata communities to comply with. Non-compliance may result in fines of up…

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Tax Time is Here!

Is your strata property generating income from a lease? If the answer is yes, then you will likely be getting ready to prepare all of your income records for lodgement with your tax return. You will also be gathering all of the associated expenses that are deductible for tax purposes which in most cases includes…

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Australasian Strata Insights 2020 Report Released

In 2020, SCA have again partnered with UNSW City Futures to deliver comprehensive data on the strata sector in Australasia. The data this year now extends to New Zealand. This report is an analysis of the state of the strata industry. It includes figures on the numbers of strata schemes (plans) and lots (units), the…

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New Framework for Embedded Networks (Bulk Electricity)

If your Body Corporate purchases electricity in bulk and on-sells to the resident or is considering doing so, then this information applies to you. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) who is the authority that makes and amends rules for the National Electricity Market has finalised the upcoming rule changes for embedded networks. The new…

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Enforcing an Adjudicators Order

One way to resolve a body corporate dispute is to obtain an Adjudicator’s order to compel a person to do something, or to refrain from doing something. But what if the person fails to comply with the order? Adjudicator’s orders will generally fall within one of two categories: Orders requiring the payment of money or…

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Communal Facility Restrictions Revised

Strata Community Association (Qld) has become aware that while communal facilities are permitted to open again, they all are impacted by the recent Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction published on 31 May 2020. Best Practice Guide – Roadmap Stage 2 (Revised) Paragraph 13, Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction ________________________________________ A person…

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Levy Arrears Management in the age of COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have implemented a range of remarkably wide-reaching laws to mitigate the economic impact. In late May 2020, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation altering the way in which Bodies Corporate administer themselves and, in particular, how they recover unpaid levies from lot owners. In this…

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COVID-19 Strata Law Changes – Financial Relief Measures Explained

Smart Strata’s Community Education Webinar on the topic of COVID-19 Strata Law Changes was held yesterday with great success! The interview-style session was hosted by Archers the Strata Professionals CEO, Nicky Lonergan who was joined by leading strata experts James Nickless (Strata Lawyer) and Grant Mifsud (Strata Manager) who are both executive board members of…

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The First Virtual General Meeting Has Been Challenged

The interim orders in Watermark Residences [2020] QBCCMCmr 306 provides some relief for bodies corporate that held virtual general meetings during the COVID-19 restrictions. In summary: The body corporate called an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to agree on the matters that needed to be decided at a general meeting. To meet COVID-19 social distancing restrictions the committee…

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COVID-19 – Easing of restrictions and what that means for common property gyms

On 8 May 2020 the Queensland Premier outlined ‘Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions’.  On 1 June 2020 Stage 2 of easing restrictions came into force. One of the changes brought about by Stage 2, was gyms and health clubs could re-open for gatherings of up to 20 people. Whilst many are cheering about jumping…

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