Australia Articles

Back to homepage

SCA Education Spreads Its Wings: Strata Committee Training Course

This article about the national Strata Committee Training Course has been supplied by Carole Anderson, SCA National.  Strata Community Association (SCA) is the peak industry servicing the Body Corporate and Community Title management in Australia and New Zealand. SCA proudly

Read More

Strata management could be hindered, not helped, by your business skills

You might think that all those skills you acquired climbing the corporate ladder and studying for your MBA make you the perfect candidate for your strata committee.  But while some attributes help in both fields, others have a downside that

Read More

Fixing a Leaking Roof

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.

Read More

VIC: Move Your Butt

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……………

Read More

NSW Strata Defects Regime Delayed Until 1 January 2018

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

Read More

Why an Aussie high-rise blaze is more likely than not

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

Read More

Can a Telecommunications Carrier Access Strata Titled Property?

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

Read More

What You Need to Know About the Significant Change to Strata Laws in NSW

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

Read More

Airbnb plays trump card straight into hands of NSW strata owners

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

Read More

Strata legislation update – Damages for breach of the duty to repair and maintain the common property

As a result of the changes to strata law in New South Wales contained in the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW), where an Owners Corporation fails to comply with its duty to repair and maintain the common property, it

Read More

The Strata Basics FAQ NSW

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

Read More

The ins and outs of strata: what buyers should consider

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

Read More

What You Need to Know About the NSW Strata Law Reform

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…………..

Read More

NSW Strata Reforms – Introduction of the new Building Defect Bond Scheme

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

Read More

The six most important reforms to NSW strata law that you won’t find in the Daily Telegraph

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…………..

Read More

The 21 new strata laws all NSW apartment residents need to know about

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…………….

Read More

New Model By-law Series #6 – Parking

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

Read More

NSW Strata Reforms: What By-laws Apply to My Strata Scheme?

Many lot owners, particular those in older strata schemes, do not know what by-laws apply to their scheme. While the Secretary of the Owners Corporation is required to keep a record of all the by-laws in force in the scheme

Read More

New Model By-law Series #5 – Changes in Use

Over the next 10 weeks we’ll be looking at the revisions to NSW’s model by-laws, which come into force on November 30 2016. They won’t automatically affect existing owners, but it’s a great time to consider updating your strata scheme’s

Read More

Strict rules on capital works plans could sink strata schemes and inspectors

Sinking fund forecasts have been something of a joke to date.  It’s something you’ve had to have, and you’re required to think about them when setting levies but there’s been no sanction for ignoring them. So when the admin fund

Read More

Community titles to be introduced through strata reform

Amendments proposed for Western Australia by Landgate’s Strata Titles Act reform project will introduce a new form of strata known as Community Title Schemes.  The introduction of Community Titles will allow for multiple strata schemes on one land parcel or

Read More

Australia: Giving tenants a greater say in the management of strata schemes in NSW

The amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act (Act) relating to Tenant Representation are aimed at encouraging greater tenant participation in the management of strata schemes.

Read More

A High court finding on QLD by-law dispute says it’s okay to be selfish when it comes to common property rights

A finding by the High Court of Australia regarding a Noosa body corporate’s by-law dispute has refuted a common misconception about strata; it can be reasonable to refuse a common property rights by-law when there’s nothing in it for you.

Read More

Strata committee members are in the firing line thanks to new strata laws

Strata committee members will feel the pinch from two new strata laws; the duty to exercise due care and diligence in everything they do and the right of lot owners to sue for damages if they suffer loss because of

Read More

How the new Strata Laws make renovating easier for strata owners

When renovating a strata property, you need to ask the owners corporation for permission because it owns the building. It is different when renovating a house because you are renovating your own building.  Up until now, almost all strata renovations

Read More

Quiz: 20 questions on the new strata laws

It’s four years since the government’s plan to revise strata laws were announced, and three years and one month will have passed since the details were exclusively revealed in this newspaper.  Since then there have been thousands of discussions, emails,

Read More

From a misplaced mat to a $170k lawsuit – the danger of breaching duties of care (Australia)

Damages of $171,500 plus costs have been awarded against a Mosman owners corporation for a breach of its duty of care to a resident who tripped on a frayed floor mat

Read More

What are body corporates, owners corporations and strata schemes?

Body corporates, sometimes referred to as owners corporations, will likely play a major part in many investors’ lives, by virtue of Australians’ increasing tendency to live in apartment dwellings

Read More

What you need to know about guide dogs in strata

You can’t keep guide or hearing dogs out of strata. Not even in schemes with a by-law that forbids pet ownership. And soon the previously uncertainty around dogs that assist with other developmental or mental illnesses, such as autism or

Read More

4 ways that cut-and-paste by-laws could cost you your renovation

One dirty little secret of the strata industry is that owners or managers trying to save money will cut-and-paste bits of other by-laws to make their own.

Read More

Discounts and other magic tricks to get levies paid on time and on budget

Among the many differences between Queensland and the rest of the country is the enthusiastic use of levy discounts north of the border.  It’s a simple concept – work out your strata budget, add 10% and then offer that much

Read More

Ratification can turn back time on by-law breaches

A recent Supreme Court decision, The Owners Strata Plan No 57164 v Yau [2016] NSWSC 1056, yielded some interesting findings for strata owners and managers alike.

Read More

Don’t jump the gun on Airbnb

You may have heard about a recent Victorian court decision that gives owners the go-ahead on renting out their strata properties on sharing sites such as Airbnb.  In the decision the court used New South Wales as a basis for

Read More

Blurred Lines: Real Estate vs. Strata

Given that owners corporations in their early days were largely managed out of real estate offices, any suggestion that real estate agents should keep their noses out of the strata management sphere may at first seem a little strange.

Read More

New South Wales strata reforms

These reforms have manifested themselves in the Strata Schemes (Management) Act 2015 (NSW) and the Strata Schemes (Development) Act 2015 (NSW)

Read More

What is the difference between Strata and Torrens titles?

When you purchase property it will likely be Torrens or Strata title. It is important to understand the differences between the two and how they will impact your ownership and use of the property.

Read More

New strata laws and building bond regime are set to commence

The building bond scheme applies to strata developments over 3 storeys and requires the developer to provide the Office of Finance with a bond equal to 2% of the price for the building work. The bond must be provided prior

Read More

Three big clashes between high tech and by-laws

Technology is advancing every day, but it’s taken over 20 years for strata laws in New South Wales to be changed

Read More

Strata living in Sydney: Residents have never had it so good

In the great welter of anti-apartment material that has been published over the years, the minor, humorous whinge about the difficulties of living in flats that appeared on the Domain website last week was barely a blip on the radar.

Read More

NSW Strata Reforms: Smoking in Strata Schemes

blog regarding smoking in strata schemes after the commencement of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW)

Read More

New Building Bond and Post Completion Inspection Regime for Strata Developments in NSW

A developer of a strata scheme will be obliged to have the building work inspected twice after completion,

Read More

Body Corporate Services and the strata scheme from hell

SOME ARENAS of corruption and rorts receive tolerable coverage in the media. By contrast, the strata management sector has kept well under the radar.  A great and unheralded advantage of house ownership is that it’s not strata ownership, which is

Read More

NSW Strata Reform Update: Four Point Plan For Levy Recoveries

There are no transitional provisions in relation to levy recovery, so strata managers need to be ready to deal with the new rules when they commence.

Read More

Five strata leaders to avoid

it’s a good time to consider who we elect as strata chairman, or woman. Most are plugging away, doing all the stuff that nobody else wants to do, unappreciated and unrewarded.

Read More

NSW: Submissions on the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 & Strata Schemes Development Regulation 2016

making the strata laws simpler and more certain for all involved, while improving the governance of schemes and developing better ways to manage buildings, money and disputes.

Read More

NSW: The New Strata ‘Top Ten’ that will make a Difference!

Over 90 new strata laws will come into play later this year and of the 90 these are some changes that will most likely make a difference to your everyday.

Read More

NSW: Certifiers Under Fire

Firstly, does Council owe a duty of care to owners and subsequent owners concerning certification practices?  The answer is “Yes” as found in the case of Chan v Acres (No 2)[2016] NSWSC 1185 (11 December 2015) & 557 (6 May

Read More

Am I going to gaol for being on a strata committee?

The duties list before was small and now it’s big. These are not ‘things to be done’ type duties, rather, ‘you will be sued if you don’t’ type duties.

Read More

Most annoying Strata regulations in Australia

Anyone who has dealt with strata regulations knows that, at times they can be a little unreasonable and annoying

Read More

How to bring renegade members of a strata committee to heel

It’s a familiar scenario: someone gets on your strata committees and starts ruling the place on the highly dubious basis of whatever they want is what’s best for everyone.     Read the article……………

Read More