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Thailand: Phuket court dismisses public fraud charge against Ace Condo employee

The Phuket Provincial Court dismissed a charge of public fraud against Alisa Likitittiruks as the judge ruled that she was only a sales representative employed by the Ace Condo property developer The Nine Property (Patong) Co Ltd.    Read the

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South Africa: What buyers in homeowners’ associations must ask

IN typical homeowners’ association (HOA) run estates the various areas such as roads, the entrance and parks or green spaces within the development are split into categories: public open spaces or private open spaces, and these various areas often remain

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Jamaica: Revised assessments for strata properties now available

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised strata property owners that the revised property tax assessments for fiscal year 2017/18, announced by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service in his address to Parliament, have now been reconfigured on the

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Residents in tourism hot sports fear their homes could become party central with strata changes

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

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Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading

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

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Singapore: Resolve amicably issues concerning pets

There have been several cases over the years where condo management corporations have tried to remove a pet, or institute rules which cause considerable stress and inconvenience to pet owners.  This usually happens as a result of complaints from residents.

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Singapore: Judge rejects condo’s ‘disproportionate’ bid to remove resident’s pet dog

A judge refused a condominium management corporation’s (MC) bid to remove a resident’s dog from the condo premises, warning against misuse through subjective interpretation of a condo by-law to force the move.  The management council of JC Residence in Joo

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Singapore: Managements, police warn of ‘condo-crashing’

Condominiums boast luxurious facilities meant for their residents and their guests. Some even have large swimming pools and washrooms rivalling that of five-star hotels.  But a new trend is worrying the managements of some condominiums here.  “Condo-crashing”, which entails members

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Flat Chat: Can a bylaw silence angry owners, banning them from contacting strata committees?

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

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Singapore: Final public consultation on changes to laws governing strata properties

The amendments in the draft Bill aim to enhance governance and transparency over how strata-titled developments are run, as well as provide better clarity on some of the provisions, says the Building and Construction Authority.    Read the article…………..

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Thailand: Officials seek to curb problems associated with high-rise condos

A collaborative project has taken off in the hope of preventing Bangkok residents from developing Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).  SBS symptoms include headache, nausea, coughing, sneezing, rashes, stuffy nose and irritated eyes.  Read the article……………

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Singapore: Why it pays to be involved in your condo’s management council

A few months ago, there was a much publicised furore at executive condo One Canberra between the managing agent and their residents. How did things come to such a state? Why should you consider getting involved, or at least pay

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Singapore: SMU law don defamed 3 at condo’s AGM

A Singapore Management University law professor was ordered to pay $120,000 in total damages after defaming three people during an annual general meeting of the management corporation (MC) of Duchess Residences in the Bukit Timah area.  The trio who sued

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Singapore: Some condo laws prevail over data protection needs

When it comes to protecting your personal data, there is a limit to what owners can do if their personal information is available to the public and the management at their private estate chooses to display it.  This emerged after

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Strata law reforms open flood gates for savvy home owners

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

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Singapore: Fuming over condo fixtures

A group of 22 home owners at another condo wanted the trellises in their balconies to be covered. For some, it was about preventing killer litter.  In both estates, their respective management corporations (MCs) said no.  When mediation talks failed

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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

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Flat Chat: Bullies in strata committees, and how to shut them down

How do you stop a loud-mouthed bully from dominating a strata committee? You know the type; they assume their way is the only way and shout and scream like a spoilt child – or sneer sarcastically like a pantomime villain

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Myanmar: Delays Issuing Condominium Bylaws Hindering ‘Much Needed’ Foreign Investment”

Delays in formulat­ing bylaws for the new Condomini­um Law is stifling much needed foreign invest­ment in the property sec­tor, according to industry experts.  Despite the Condomin­ium Law being passed in January 2016 policy mak­ers have still yet to issue bylaws

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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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Malaysia: Telltale Signs of Buying a Poorly Maintained Condo

People should be careful in buying apartments and condominiums in Klang Valley, because many are suffering from neglect as a large number of owners and residents are not paying their maintenance fees, an expert told Free Malaysia Today.  “I think

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Macau: Property owners to face penalties for outstanding condo fees

Property owners with outstanding balances on condominium fees will soon have to face their responsibilities, Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan said on Saturday.  According to Chan, this is the main issue on the table for the current revision

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Bahamas: Condo Owners Hit By Fraud, Says Court

The Court of Appeal has quashed two separate settlements after finding “that a fraud has been perpetrated on the unit owners” at a Freeport condominium complex.  Appeal Justice John Isaacs, in a May 16, 2017, verdict backed by his two

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Netherlands: More Dutch homeowners associations ban Airbnb rentals

An increasing number of homeowners associations have problems with Airbnb rentals, according to umbrella organization VvE Belang. A number of recent court rulings indicated that Airbnb rentals are not allowed without the permission of the homeowners association, and more and

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Singapore: Condo buyers need better protection

The report on issues faced by the home owners of Austville Residences executive condominium (Austville residents seeking compensation for alleged defects; May 1) is timely, and highlights the concerns of new condo buyers.  Buyers are often faced with the problem

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Malaysia: Dialogue session turns heated over condo woes

A DIALOGUE session at a condominium in Bandar Baru Air Itam in Penang, to resolve property maintenance issues turned ugly when some residents and representatives of the property management company locked horns instead.  Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Seri

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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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Malaysia: Firm asks for time to refund condo residents

A property management company in Ampang, Hokawai and Associates, has pleaded for time after it was served with a writ of seizure and sale of its property by a court bailiff yesterday.  This follows the company’s failure to settle debts

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Jamaica: Strata Property Owners To Wait Longer For Revised Tax Rates

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised that it will need more time to reconfigure its system to calculate and post the new rates.  It had previously advised that the new rates would have been available by this month end.  The

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Philippines: Increase in QC real property taxes puzzles homeowners’ associations

Members of the Quezon City Homeowners Association have not anticipated the increase in real property taxes in Quezon City.  That is why the Supreme Court’s order to suspend the implementation of said increase is a big of relief for them.

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England: In Ongoing Crusade for Privacy, Residents of Glass Condos Sue Tate

Last year, residents of London’s glass-walled Neo Bankside condo complex adjacent to Tate Modern’s new Switch House wing complained that the museum’s visitors were violating their privacy. In addition to offering sweeping vistas of central London, the new Tate building’s

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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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Jamaica: CSC Faced With Low Compliance, Hosts Forum To Inform Strata Managers Of Responsibilities

The Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) says compliance with requirements to pay annual fees and file annual returns remains low among strata corporations.  The CSC’s inspectorate manager, Ainsworth Norton, says compliance is below 30 per cent.  Norton says one of

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South Africa: Homeowners association wins lease battle against Tshwane

The city refused to consider renewing the association’s 10 year lease agreement to rehabilitate and develop the Waterkloof Ridge Nature Valley Park.  The homeowners association of the upmarket Waterkloof Boulevard Estate has obtained an urgent court order forcing the Tshwane

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This Myanmar condo law has done the opposite of what it intended

More than a year after its passage, a law designed to expedite foreign buying of condominiums in Myanmar has done the opposite, Bloomberg reported.  Luxury unit values in the country sank 22 percent between 2014 and 2016, while those for

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Hong Kong billionaire loses court case on condo common property: Other condos in the news

The chairman of Hong Kong-listed Brightoil Petroleum Holdings lost a court case involving the law on common property in Singapore on Tuesday (March 28).   Dr Sit Kwong Lam, whose net worth is listed at US$2.1 billion (S$2.9 billion) by

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Jamaica: Greater Equity for Strata Owners under New Property Tax Regime

Strata property owners will benefit significantly from the new property tax regime when it takes effect on April 1. A new methodology for property tax assessment will be applied to strata properties that will allow owners to pay tax for

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India: Upkeep funds row in Ridgewood as residents accuse RWA

GURUGRAM: Residents of upscale residential society Ridgewood Estate in DLF Phase 4 have filed a complaint against the RWA management committee with the district registrar of firms and societies alleging its executive members have siphoned off society maintenance funds  

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Singapore: Hot and bothered over condo’s cooling towers

In 1979, Madam Yap Choo Moi moved into the Leonie Towers condominium off Orchard Road.  Over the past four decades, the businesswoman has never installed air-conditioning in her home. Instead, she has relied on the condo’s central air-con system, which

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Micronesia: Court dismisses Anaks lawsuit

SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Robert Naraja has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Anaks Investors LLC or ANI owned by Allan Perez against the Anaks Ocean View Hill Saipan Homeowners Association.  Judge Naraja in his ruling stated that 1) ANI lacks

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Borneo: Sheda wants draft of proposed amendments to strata title law

The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) has asked the Land and Survey Department (LSD) to extend a draft of the proposed amendments to the Strata Title Ordinance.  This was to enable the association – a stakeholder –

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Thailand: Buyers of Centara Residence condo file lawsuit

Miss Thailand 2000 Panadda “Boom” Wongphudee is leading a group of 157 people so upset over five years of construction delays that they filed a complaint with the DSI against the Centara Grand Residence Pattaya.  The suit says that the

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Bahamas: Condo Complex Shut With Repairs On Hold

THE Coral Beach Condominiums in Freeeport remain closed due to hurricane damage and hundreds of winter residents have not been able to come to Grand Bahama this season.  Repairs at the 200-unit complex are on hold until Condominium Association President

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Malaysia: High expectations for new strata management tribunal

Strata law in this country began five decades ago as a small part of the National Land Code 1965 — Part Nine, Chapter 1, Sections 151 to 157, 161 to 163, 355–374 (subdivision of buildings and issuance of subsidiary titles).

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Singapore: 33 proposed amendments to Act governing condos

The stage is set for a showdown between managing agents and residents at strata-titled properties such as condominiums over a proposed legislative amendment.  The tweak would allow condo managing agents to do away with a mandatory annual review of their

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Singapore: Condos turn to by-laws as Govt mulls over rules on short-term home rentals

Unhappy with the sheer volume of tourists rotating through their condominium for short stays, the management committee of The Sail@Marina Bay decided to take things into their own hands, and last year passed a by-law to compel residents to present

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Singapore: No increase in complaints against strata management bodies

The BCA receives around 30 complaints per year regarding the services rendered by managing agents of MCSTs.  Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) typically receives 30 complaints or feedback per year regarding the services rendered by managing agents of Management

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Turks and Caicos Islands: Villas and Condos Avoiding Taxes

Owners of villas, condominiums and some private homes in Turks and Caicos Islands are making significant sums of money from renting their properties, but many of them are not paying accommodation taxes to Government.  The practice has been ongoing for

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Singapore: BCA launches final public consultation on rules for strata properties

After a review lasting close to five years, changes to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA) — which will, among other things, tighten the use of proxies at annual general meetings of strata-titled properties to obtain management control

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