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Flat Chat: Strata squatters and illegal land grabs on common property

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

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Saffioti shakes up strata rules (WA)

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.

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Strata Title Reform In WA Commended By Industry Bodies

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

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State Govt to introduce legislative changes to strata titles system

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

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Villa owner wins a four year strata battle (NSW)

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

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Why it pays to get involved with strata

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

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NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies

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.

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Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program has Strata managers concerned

A CONTROVERSIAL new program being proposed by Airbnb to increase transparency has NSW Strata managers concerned.  The Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program allows owners corporations to access details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, place caps on the number of

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Alarm as Fire and Emergency Services Levy sparks NSW strata fears

A wave of panic has run through StrataLand in the past couple of weeks – hardly a tsunami but more than a ripple – with the news that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) was going to be removed

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Strata body takes Airbnb battle to the top

THE fight to allow strata bodies to decide whether short-term letting is allowed in their buildings will take the next step this week as the Owners Corporation Network meets with representatives from Airbnb.  The OCN’s “Our Strata Community, Our Choice”

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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

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Australia: Time for common sense in the war between Airbnb and strata owners

The Airbnb verses apartment owners’ debate is only going to get more intense.  On one hand we have an aggressive, revenue-dominated multinational with a large advertising budget and a strong intent to lobby government.  Their opponents, many of them dwellers

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Australia: Airbnb’s new building program to give strata bodies a cut of short-stay rentals

Strata fees could fall in buildings that allow owners to list their properties on Airbnb, under a building program launched by the home sharing platform this week.  The Friendly Buildings Program, which has been piloted in the US, will redirect

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Flat Chat: Monster trucks put squeeze on strata parking

Have you noticed a lot of giant “crew cab” utes around recently? Those big four-door 4WDs with a short cargo tray tacked on the back?   Australians bought more than 42,000 Toyota Hilux last year – making it Australia’s top-selling

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Queensland Calls for Feedback on Strata Law Overhaul

Restrictive laws which require 100 per cent agreement before strata schemes can be terminated could be amended and new powers could be granted to owners corporations in respect of pets, smoking and vehicle towaways as part of recommended changes upon

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New strata rules clear way for $54m buyout of unit owners

Private group Iridium Developments has swooped on a major site in Sydney’s beachside Cronulla, purchasing four freestanding unit blocks from two strata corporations for $54 million.  The deal was struck in one line and the company, backed by the Manassen

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3 things to consider about strata-run investments

There are many benefits to buying property within a strata-managed co-op, however equally as many challenges, as the topic of strata is often something many investors have little to no experience with.  Lawyers Ian McKnight and James Nickless recently told

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Australia: New NSW strata laws, same old tricks

We’re back. Now that the holidays are out of the way, the first of the year’s annual general meetings will soon be upon us.  And that will be the first time most of us will have to confront the realities

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QLD: Unfair Contracts in Strata

This article about unfair contracts in strata has been supplied by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal.  As part of the Australian Consumer Law, the Federal government has created legislation to protect parties who are the recipient of goods or services under

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Can Real Estate Agents Who Sell Strata Developments Manage Strata Schemes?

Real estate agents who sell strata developments off-the-plan are often asked to manage the strata schemes after the buildings have been developed. A member of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) recently asked a solicitor if such

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Fireworks as strata owners launch fighting fund to keep short-stay rentals out

As Sydney readies for its biggest balcony-busting night of the holiday rental year, a group of high-powered apartment owners has launched a fighting fund to keep short-stay lets out of residential apartment buildings.  Read the article……………

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Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello poised to crack down on strata law tyrants

Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello has promised to crack down on strata “tyrants” and cheats who set out to circumvent the letter and the spirit of the new laws that came in last month.  The Minister for Innovation and Better

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Flat Chat: The best book you’ll get from strata Santa

I must confess, I am regifting. The book is NSW Fair Trading’s Strata Living handbook brought out last month to match the new laws.  Seriously, though, this is a much improved publication. OK, the first 20 pages are a lot

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NSW Strata Legislation reform explained

New strata laws have now come into effect in New South Wales, the first major change to the legislation since 1973.  More than 90 amendments have been made relating to a wide range of areas like pets, smoking, parking, accountability

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Living with controversial new strata by-laws in NSW

IT’S a favourite summer activity — cranking up the barbecue and inviting friends around for a meal.  But under controversial new rules about what you can and, more importantly, can’t do if you live in an apartment in NSW, neighbours

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NSW Strata Law Changes Will Affect Brokers

NSW’s strata title law reforms came into effect this week with more than 90 changes to the laws and affect 1.2 million people living in over 75,000 strata schemes across NSW.      Read the article…………..

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Change to NSW strata laws to give apartment owners power to turn buildings into gold mines

Apartment owners may soon find themselves able to insert extra units into their blocks, create car parking below and add penthouses on top to bring in extra revenue and dramatically increase the value of their homes.

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Strata managers’ lives are on the line as NSW law reform approaches

This is my fourth preparation for major strata law change; one in Queensland, one in Victoria, the most recent in the ACT and in 22 days, Australia’s largest strata market, New South Wales.  There is something about this one that’s

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Queensland developers demand NSW-style forced sales of strata units

Queensland’s developers want a NSW-style “forced sales” regulation – where a majority of strata owners can compel a minority to sell their units for redevelopment – brought in as part of a general revamp of strata law in the state.

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Strata and hotelier communities furious as holiday let report sweeps away Airbnb restrictions (Australia)

Home-sharers, opportunist apartment owners and lobbyists of online holiday rental agencies are the clear winners in the report into holiday rental legislation to be tabled in parliament today.  On the other side, the obvious losers are strata residents who don’t

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Strata Managers Face Shake Up

What the New South Wales Government is hailing as “modern,” “flexible” and “reflecting 21st-century strata living” will be the kiss of death for many agency agreements, as some strata managers face the prospect of their income disappearing overnight.  One of

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Strata law overhaul to improve apartment living in NSW

The biggest overhaul of NSW strata laws in four decades is about to make apartment and townhouse living that much easier for more than a quarter of the state’s population who own, rent or manage strata properties.  More than 90

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Q&A Running a Business in Residential Strata & the Impact on Insurance

Q: Our body corporate has residential insurance to cover our 8 units. This includes public liability insurance. We have an owner/occupier who runs her Pilates business from her unit.  In speaking with the insurer, they advised that if a client

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NSW’s new strata laws have a sting in store for celebrating Airbnb fans

While court judgments such as the Watergate Docklands case are swinging in favour of the right to use residential apartments for short-term letting through sites like Stayz and Airbnb, the NSW government has quietly slipped a useful provision in its

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Meriton is selling its strata management business – and saying it’s all the NSW government’s fault

Billionaire Sydney property developer Harry Triguboff is selling his company’s strata-title management business, blaming changes to the law in NSW for the decision.  Meriton has built more than 70,000 apartments over the past five decades and is the country’s largest

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Flat Chat: Strata disputes cut to the chase

Dispute resolution in NSW strata schemes is about to get a lot easier. Whether it will be better remains to be seen.  Under the new strata laws, due to begin in December, the preliminary paper adjudication at the Tribunal (NCAT)

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West Connex-style losses feared over new forced strata sales

Apartment owners forced to sell their units under new strata laws could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in a controversial West Connex-style value gap, it has been claimed.  Shadow Minister for strata issues Yasmin Catley says home owners should

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How to fight back against bullies in strata apartment blocks

We know all about school bullies, workplace bullies and cyber bullies, but what about strata bullies making residents’ lives miserable in apartment blocks.  They could be rogue owners determined to have their way, despite what the bylaws say. Or, in

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How City of Sydney betrayed strata residents over short-term letting

It’s too early to gauge the effect of City of Sydney’s betrayal of apartment residents when it comes to holiday letting – but it’s somewhere between a kick in the guts and smack in the mouth.  The council’s submission to

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Review of strata bylaws will fail unless they are made easier to adopt

Tucked away in a corner of the new strata laws is a smart-thinking provision that threatens to be a complete waste of time.  Quite simply, it says all owners’ corporations have to review their bylaws within a year of the

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A maze of strata bylaws face owners who want a pet

In all the kerfuffle over the new strata regulations, pet bylaws predictably got their fair share of column inches, internet clicks and confusion.  To be clear, there are two new model pet bylaw options on offer and both are available

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No barbecue ban but pets on notice as strata regs lay down the law

Balcony barbecues will not be banned, but pets still can be, as a raft of contentious strata rules is revealed in the new strata regulations released today.  The regulations – a dense mixture of rigid rules and optional by-laws –

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NSW Strata Laws Hold Big Changes For Sydney

Set to come into force at the end of November, New South Wales’ new strata laws are set to open up prime development opportunities in Sydney.  Included in the new legislation is the allowance for an entire strata scheme to

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New strata laws to give more say to owners: if only there was an app for that

All over Strataland, you can hear the wails of distress as desperate proxy vote hoarders look into the abyss of the new laws.  On November 30 proxy harvesting as we know it will end and individuals will be seriously restricted

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Strata managers’ lurks and perks to be disclosed

If knowledge is power, then strata committees in their dealings with their strata managers are about to get powerful, or at least empowered.  New strata laws for NSW, beginning 30 November 2016, force strata managers to give more information to

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Is Airbnb Destroying Strata Living? (Australia)

In Victoria, the Supreme Court handed down a decision on July 22 declaring that neither subdivision law nor strata legislation enabled owners corporations in that state to make rules which prevent owners of individual apartments from leasing out their apartments

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NSW Tribunal has power to allow short-term renting in strata blocks

Last week the Supreme Court in Melbourne ruled that owners’ corporations could not pass bylaws banning short-stay lets, such as through Airbnb, in apartment buildings.  This is a big win for strippers, hookers, travelling footy fans and buck’s weekend organisers

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Maintenance schedules will be strata managers’ burdens to bear

When it comes to settlement of a new block the developers focus could not be more narrow: to borrow from Jerry Maguire, “Show me the money!”.      Read the article………..

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PMs can draw lessons from strata management

If the industry seems too demanding, spare a thought for those juggling property management with strata management.  Mike Pollard, general manager of VJ Ray, says his company has been offering property and strata management for decades, but he would not

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‘Peeping Tom’ concern over drones (Australia)

LEADERS of Queensland’s $100 billion strata property sector have come out in support of drones being used to inspect high rise residential apartment buildings across the Sunshine Coast.  But they have called on government authorities to lay out a plan

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