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Apartment Living Survey

The Australian Apartment Advocacy (AAA) is a not-for-profit agency that is the voice for 2.5 million apartment owners and residents in Australia.  Every 2 years they do a survey with apartment owners and they would love to hear from you! Click on the link to find out more about the survey and you will have…

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Extension of COVID-19 Provisions

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation has had amendments introduced to allow for the continued response to COVID-19 in Queensland and the references to the 2020 BCCM Regulations which came into effect on 1 March 2021. SCA (Qld) notes that one of the amended elements is the extension of the timeframe for freezing interest rates to…

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Should committee meetings be recorded?

One year ago, on 24 March 2020, the share price for Zoom Video Communications, Inc closed at US$135.18.  On 19 October 2020, the price peaked at $568.34.  I played a small part in that when I subscribed to its Pro licence a few days after our office closed in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic…

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Smoke Alarm Legislation…… Why? Who? How?

The tragic loss of eleven lives including eight children due to a house fire that occurred in 2011 at Slacks Creek, Brisbane has bought about the changes and the new smoke alarm legislation.

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Owner improvements

Renovating property seems to have become an increasingly popular trend over the past decade. Australian television shows have been constructed entirely around the trials of fast paced, high drama renovations. Owners in community titles schemes are not immune to the lure of improving the value of their property investment. Owners need to be mindful that…

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Cutting Through the Latest Pet Madness

The ongoing debate about pets in strata buildings has largely been focused on the rules [laws and by-laws] and has ignored the actual issues: the pet, the pet owner, other residents, and, the building.  So, here’s some thinking about these human and practical matters. Although there have always been conflicts over pets in strata buildings,…

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Masks mandatory across Queensland

Masks must be worn in all indoor settings, outside of your home. Exceptions are when eating/drinking, undertaking vigorous exercise, or in private vehicles. Masks are strongly recommended in all outdoor places where social distancing is not possible. Greater Brisbane Lockdown – 5pm today (March 29, 2021) From 5pm today, Monday, 29 March 2021, Greater Brisbane…

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If You Cannot Prove It… Be Like Elsa And ‘Let It Go’

Covid-19 lockdowns appear to have provided fertile ground for disputes in Queensland Community Title Schemes.  Montego Sands [2020] QBCCMCmr 160 is a case in point. In Montego Sands the Body Corporate brought an Adjudication Application seeking orders to restrain breaches of the By-Laws; (a) drinking alcohol and bringing glass into the pool area and (b)…

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Strata Community Education Seminars | May 2021

New Meeting Processes Commence in 2021 Join us as law experts from across Queensland delve into the new strata regulations that commenced from 1 March 2021. These new regulations change committee and general meeting processes ranging from voting rights to nomination entitlements along with many other procedural changes including new disclosure obligations. This session is…

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Damages in the Commissioner’s Office

The Commissioner’s Office is a unique jurisdiction. A recent decision shows (yet again) the simplicity of the office’s approach in adjudicating strata disputes. In this example, an occupier of a lot was awarded more than $4,000 to repair damage to his car. It is safe to say that had this dispute been ventilated elsewhere, there…

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