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Jamaica: Law Coming for Gated Communities to be Controlled by REB/CSC

Legislation is in the works for the Real Estate Board/Commission of Strata Corporations (REB/CSC) to be given the responsibility for gated communities.  Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the REB/CSC, Sandra Watson Garrick, explained

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Singapore: Park West condo owners eye S$750m in third try at collective sale

OWNERS of condominium project Park West are hoping that third time’s the charm in their collective sale attempt, this time at an expected selling price of S$750 million.  They saw a strong start on Saturday when signatures from around 30

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Jamaica: Law coming for gated complexes to be controlled by Real Estate Board

LEGISLATION is in the works for the Real Estate Board/Commission of Strata Corporations (REB/CSC) to be given the responsibility for gated complexes.  Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, CEO at the REB/CSC, Sandra Watson Garrick, explained that most gated

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Malaysia: DBKL says condo management can impose rule barring Airbnb

Although the government has declared that Airbnb is legal, apartment and condominium owners may only rent out their units on the popular app if their management’s bylaws permit it, says a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) official.  For some time

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Singapore: Condo management sparks row by telling residents they can’t smoke on their balconies

The management agent of the Meadows @ Peirce recently sent out a circular telling residents they should not smoke in their balconies and window areas, in addition to common areas where smoking is prohibited by the National Environment Agency (NEA).

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Jamaica: Strata corporations urged to file annual returns

Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.  Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there

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Singapore: New laws could bring relief, but condo residents’ apathy a bigger problem

For years, horror tales abound in condominiums across the island: Illogical and draconian by-laws passed by high-handed management committees, and proxy wars waged by owners who try and garner hundreds of votes to push their agenda.  Which was why the

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Singapore: Rules for strata property management can be tweaked further

After three rounds of public consultation over five years, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has come up with a set of 57 proposed changes (Stricter controls on MCSTs proposed to beef up governance; Aug 2).  I had offered suggestions

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Macau: Legislature passes condo management bill

The Legislative Assembly (AL) finally passed a government-initiated bill regulating the management of the common areas of condominiums, slated to come into effect a year after its promulgation in the Official Gazette (BO), during a plenary session on Tuesday.  According

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Singapore: Can strata board charge lower fee?

Disputes are an inevitable occurrence over the course of strata living in Singapore (Condos, owners tussle over fixtures; June 13).  The dispute resolution mechanisms available to condominium residents, however, are decidedly inadequate.  Residents of HDB flats have the option to

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Ghana: Ministry to introduce Condominium Bill

The Ministry of Works And Housing says it is working on a Bill to regulate the buildings sector in Ghana, aimed at ensuring safety.  “>The Condominium Bill, according to Ms Freda Prempeh, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, will regulate

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Singapore: Condo unit owner fails in bid to end ‘noise’ from pool pumps

For over two years, a condo unit owner tried to get his estate’s management corporation (MC) to resolve the noise from a swimming pool pump system, which his occupier had found “unbearable”.  The unit is located below the rooftop pool

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Singapore: Proposed strata rule changes to improve governance and transparency

SINGAPORE: Amendments to Singapore’s laws that govern the management and maintenance of strata properties were tabled in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 1), in a move to improve the governance and transparency in the running of strata-titled developments, and provide greater

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South Africa: Big fight between Telkom and Vodacom could leave residents without fibre

Telkom has won what it calls a “landmark” court case against Vodacom regarding the use of its infrastructure.  The case was resolved in the Western Cape High Court on 26 July, following an urgent application brought against Vodacom by Telkom.

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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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