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  • Flat Chat: Strata squatters and illegal land grabs on common property May 26, 2017 Of all the twisted skeins of flawed logic that wind through Strataland, the land grab is one of the most popular, applying “common sense” to common property and coming up with something akin to fraud and theft.   “I have a piece of open ground outside my ground-floor window,” goes the thought process, “no one else goes there so I am going to knock a doorway in the wall, stick up some fences, and then I’ll have a backyard for ...
  • Saffioti shakes up strata rules (WA) May 24, 2017 Strata reform is back on the agenda, with Lands Minister Rita Saffioti pledging the first major shake-up of the rules in 20 years.  The reform package is designed to improve dispute resolution, management of schemes and regulation of strata managers. It also aims to deliver new development options to drive economic growth and build vibrant communities, and to develop the land next to Metronet lines and above train stations.    Read the article…………..
  • Strata Title Reform In WA Commended By Industry Bodies May 23, 2017 The Western Australian state cabinet decision to move forward with the strata title reform process has been commended by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), Strata Community Association WA, Property Council of Australia, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA (UDIA WA).  Announced this Monday, the Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA said strata title reform was vital to the future housing needs of Western Australia, which is why the McGowan government would be progressing with the legislation as ...
  • State Govt to introduce legislative changes to strata titles system May 20, 2017 THE State Government will introduce legislative changes to the strata titles system.  Landgate was given responsibility by the previous government to deliver the reforms and has been working to draft legislation.  It is the first major change to the Strata Titles Act in more than 20 years and is aimed at creating better dispute resolution, improved management of schemes and regulation of strata managers.    Read the article…………..
  • Villa owner wins a four year strata battle (NSW) May 1, 2017 A COFFS Harbour Owners Corporation has been forced to meet its common property obligations, after a four year battle with one of the property owners over a technicality.  In 2013, Dr Anne Davis asked her Owners Corporation to repair the balcony sliding door on the bedroom of her Five Islands Drive villa, after she noticed rain blowing inside during severe storms.  Under NSW strata laws, Owners Corporations are responsible for repairs and maintenance of common property, which includes external doors ...
  • Why it pays to get involved with strata May 1, 2017 When you invest in an apartment, it’s important that you are aware of the strata meetings that occur which dictate changes to the apartment complex. Getting involved in these meetings however can help increase the value of your investments.  Every investor would like to see the value of their property increase, but the current strata bylaws of an apartment complex may prevent investors from making certain changes to their investment properties.  It’s possible to change these by-laws, but it takes ...
  • NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies April 19, 2017 The New South Wales government looks set to allow home owners to rent out spare rooms and entire homes using Airbnb and similar sites but has committed to giving strata corporations greater powers to deal with problems in apartment blocks.  The state government on Wednesday released its long-awaited response to last year’s parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday letting, offering “qualified support” to changes that would see the industry regulated in NSW for the first time.    Read the article……………
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  • The Strata Basics FAQ NSW March 29, 2017 Now more than even, strata living is a part of our lives. Strata describes a unique system of property ownership that can cause a great deal of confusion because of its numerous rules and levels of authority. This FAQ, the first in LegalVision’s Strata Series, tackles some commonly asked questions and key definitions to help you, the owners, navigate this area of law.    Read the article…………….
  • The ins and outs of strata: what buyers should consider January 23, 2017 This episode in the Smart Property Investment studio, host Phil Tarrant is joined by lawyers Ian McKnight and James Nickless to discuss the ins and outs of strata.  In this special episode of The Smart Property Investment Show, our guests explain the rules behind strata, the politics involved with the owners’ corporation as well as their tips and tricks to ensuring buyers receive the right advice at the right time. All of this and much, much more on this episode ...
  • What You Need to Know About the NSW Strata Law Reform January 8, 2017 With Australia’s richest man set to sell his strata management business, it appears not all are happy with the 90 changes to strata laws which came into effect in New South Wales on November 30.  Read the article…………..
  • NSW Strata Reforms – Introduction of the new Building Defect Bond Scheme December 14, 2016 Developers and builders of residential and mixed use high rise strata buildings are being urged to familiarise themselves with the introduction of the Building Defect Bond Scheme introduced under the new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (the Act). The Building Defect Bond Scheme will commence on 1 July 2017, and will require developers to lodge a bond with NSW Fair Trading equal to two percent of the contract price for residential and mixed use high rise strata buildings.  Read ...
  • The six most important reforms to NSW strata law that you won’t find in the Daily Telegraph November 27, 2016 All the fourth estate has been talking about is dogs, smoking, and redevelopment; but I think they’ve missed the point. I’ve identified six reforms that are much more likely to impact strata owners, committees and managers.     Read the article…………..
  • The 21 new strata laws all NSW apartment residents need to know about November 27, 2016 There are more than 90 changes to the strata laws that come into force in NSW on November 30. Here are the 21 that will affect you in ways you might actually notice.    Read the article…………….
  • New Model By-law Series #6 – Parking November 26, 2016 The changes to parking model by-laws are notable, but they’re a big ticket item when viewed alongside the ability for owners corporations to get council in on strata parking enforcement.  The big change to the model by-law for parking is that it now states that an owner or occupier can’t permit a vehicle to be stood on common property without prior approval, as well as retaining the rule for owners themselves.    Read the article………….
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