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  • Dodgy building materials are hardly a revelation July 11, 2017 Way back in May 2015, The Australian ran a story about unsafe building materials coming in from overseas, and despite failing to comply with local standards, being used here.  Quoting Master Builders Queensland, the story noted that eventually these substandard building materials “…could kill people and destroy their homes.”  A week before Christmas in 2016, another story came out, this time in The Age exposing substandard and dangerous building materials across a range of developments across Victoria.  This particular article ...
  • Residents in tourism hot sports fear their homes could become party central with strata changes July 10, 2017 RESIDENTS in tourism hot spots on the peninsula fear their unit complexes could become “party central” if laws around short-term letting are eased.  A NSW Senate options paper on short-term letting will be released in the coming weeks and will likely shape future legislation for holiday leasing providers such as Airbnb.    Read the article……………..
  • Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading July 7, 2017 All by-laws restricting Airbnb and other short-stay letting in residential-only apartment blocks are invalid, according to NSW Fair Trading.  Only weeks before the discussion paper on new holiday letting legislation is released, Fair Trading has modified its Strata Living handbook to warn strata committees and owners corporations that they can’t pass by-laws restricting holiday lets.    Read the article…………..
  • Flat Chat: Can a bylaw silence angry owners, banning them from contacting strata committees? June 23, 2017 The irresistible force meets the immovable object – that’s how intractable internal conflicts in strata schemes are often characterised.  But a more accurate description might be the megaphone meets the earplugs, as some strata committees are trying to ban owners from contacting them, invoking the old Hollywood casting rejection, “don’t call us, we’ll call you”.    Read the article……………
  • WA Government Backs Major Strata Overhaul June 19, 2017 The new Labor Government in Western Australia has thrown its support behind a process designed to overhaul the state’s outdated strata title laws.  In a statement, Western Australia Minister for Transport, Planning & Lands Rita Saffioti announced that the newly elected McGowan Labor Government would support the drafting of legislation to implement reforms initiated under the previous government.     Read the article…………….
  • The facts about NSW pet by-laws in strata schemes June 19, 2017 The RSPCA website claims 63 per cent of Australian households own pets, so when the NSW strata by-laws changed at the end of 2016, pet owners rejoiced.  One of the main changes made to pet by-laws in strata schemes was the default by-law, which meant pets are no longer banned, but allowed.  For those who would like to become a pet owner and rent in a strata scheme, here are the facts you need to know, according to NSW Fair ...
  • Strata law reforms open flood gates for savvy home owners June 16, 2017 Owners of commercial and residential strata properties are preparing for a wave of sales under the December 2016 strata law reform legislation.   Under the scheme, with 75 per cent of owners agreeing, the building can be sold. For developers and owners of older style strata dwellings, the collective sale can provide a windfall. For some residences this can be vastly more than what they could generate through an individual sale.    Read the article……………
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  • Fixing a Leaking Roof July 12, 2017 This article discussing fixing a leaking roof has been supplied by Paul Evans, President – Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW).  Costly and extensive damage to buildings are often the end result of a leaking roof and associated structural water ingress.  As a Registered Building Practitioner who is also a specialist in waterproofing installation, I have witnessed the devastating consequences of not fixing a leaking roof in a timely manner.    Read the article…………
  • VIC: Move Your Butt July 10, 2017 This article about whether the owners corporation can make special rules prohibiting smoking on common property or within lots has been supplied by Tim Graham, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.   Read the article……………
  • NSW Strata Defects Regime Delayed Until 1 January 2018 June 23, 2017 NSW residential developers are no longer required to implement the defects bond scheme from 1 July 2017.  The NSW Parliament today passed the Electronic Transactions Legislation Amendment (Government Transactions) Bill 2017, which delays until 1 January 2018 the commencement of the NSW Strata Defects Regime set up under Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.    Read the article…………..
  • Why an Aussie high-rise blaze is more likely than not June 17, 2017 A perfect storm of shoddy building practices, the fear and ignorance of apartment residents and a history of pro-developer politics means a high-rise building blaze like the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London is almost inevitable here in Australia.  With new apartment buildings defects often including missing or faulty fire dampers, there are very real concerns that tens of thousands of Australian high-rises could be at risk if they have cheap imported aluminium cladding on their walls.    Read the article………….
  • Can a Telecommunications Carrier Access Strata Titled Property? June 15, 2017 The National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout has placed under the spotlight the powers of telecommunications carriers (telcos) to enter private property, including strata-titled properties. Telcos can already access strata-titled land to install telecommunications equipment that bolsters existing infrastructure, increase signal strengths and of course, install the cabling necessary for the NBN. This article looks at the respective bargaining power and rights of strata-titled properties and telcos to reduce confusion in this area and drive towards better-negotiated outcomes.    Read the ...
  • What You Need to Know About the Significant Change to Strata Laws in NSW June 7, 2017 Many health care providers own or lease business premises which are the subject of Strata title and currently more than a quarter of NSW’s population lives in, owns or manages Strata property.  Significant changes to Strata laws in NSW commenced on 30 November 2016 under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, the Strata Schemes Management Regulations 2016, the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 and the Strata Schemes and Development Regulations 2016. The changes are designed to better suit the way ...
  • Airbnb plays trump card straight into hands of NSW strata owners June 6, 2017 As Airbnb ramps up its efforts to avoid being locked out of Sydney’s apartment buildings, through wall-to-wall advertising on the internet, TV and in print, it has produced its trump card ??? and it may play straight into the hands of anti-holiday letting strata campaigners.  Its proposed Friendly Buildings Program allows strata building owners’ corporations to sign up to a scheme that allows access to details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, caps the number of nights they can ...
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