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  • Thailand: Phuket court dismisses public fraud charge against Ace Condo employee July 14, 2017 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 article……………
  • South Africa: What buyers in homeowners’ associations must ask July 13, 2017 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 registered in the developer’s name and are not transferred with the first transfer when the scheme is established.  In some HOAs, the roads could be private roads, in which case the scheme is responsible for their upkeep and others are ...
  • Jamaica: Revised assessments for strata properties now available July 12, 2017 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 administration’s Property Tax System.  The strata property assessments which now reflect recent legislative changes are now available on the TAJ’s website through the Property Tax Online Query, when making an online payment, as well as at any Tax Office.   ...
  • Residents in tourism hot sports fear their homes could become party central with strata changes July 10, 2017 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 likely shape future legislation for holiday leasing providers such as Airbnb.    Read the article……………..
  • Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading July 7, 2017 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 to warn strata committees and owners corporations that they can’t pass by-laws restricting holiday lets.    Read the article…………..
  • Singapore: Resolve amicably issues concerning pets July 7, 2017 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. Our experience has been that many of these cases can be resolved amicably by speaking to both parties.    Read the article……………
  • Singapore: Judge rejects condo’s ‘disproportionate’ bid to remove resident’s pet dog June 28, 2017 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 Chiat had taken dog owner Yan Wen Ting to court based on the woes of an aggrieved neighbour.  But five other residents in the 12-unit condo building came out in support of Ms Yan, attesting that the dog did not ...

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  • Fixing a Leaking Roof July 12, 2017 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.  As a Registered Building Practitioner who is also a specialist in waterproofing installation, I have witnessed the devastating consequences of not fixing a leaking roof in a timely manner.    Read the article…………
  • Thailand: Condominium Disputes: Concerns for Joint Owners July 7, 2017 Condominiums have long been one of the most popular properties for people living in Thailand’s big cities. The different units in a condominium are individually owned, while common properties, such as lobby areas or swimming pools, are jointly owned by the owners of individual condominium units.  Unfortunately, disputes among joint owners (the owners of units in the building of each condominium) or between joint owners and the condominium juristic person are sometimes unavoidable. Therefore, it is prudent for joint owners ...
  • South Africa: Homeowners’ associations: Pros and cons June 13, 2017 As a homeowner in an estate or boomed-off area, a buyer may be required to join a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), which means adhering to numerous rules and regulations stipulated by the HOA.  Read the article……………
  • Special Economic Zones – Quietly Advancing Freedom And Transforming Countries April 12, 2017 Though not special economic zones in the modern sense, zones governed by special rules have existed almost as long as government itself.  The astonishing growth in SEZs over time qualifies as a revolution of sorts, but not the usual, political kind.  Instead of being imposed by domestic or foreign enemies, this revolution has come from within, allowed or even encouraged by existing authorities.  Read the article…………….
  • Japanese Condominium Bans Greetings Within the Condominium Property December 15, 2016 It was recently reported that a Japanese condominium has implemented a rule that prohibits residents from greeting each other while on the condominium property. This rule was adopted out of concern for the safety of elementary school-age children living in the condominium.  As parents were instructing their children to run away if they were greeted by strangers, it was decided that it would be better for all residents if everyone in the condominium complex refrained from extending greetings to each ...
  • Community Democracy in Cayman Islands’ Strata Corporations June 8, 2016 A recent decision of the Grand Court may affect role of developers of strata corporations in the Cayman Islands, particularly where the strata development forms part of a larger resort complex, perhaps incorporating timeshare apartments or a hotel.    Read the article…………
  • Malaysia: Fostering neighbourly spirit among strata owners May 31, 2016 KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and two other parties have joined forces to address anti-social behaviours among strata communities and teach residents their rights under the new Strata Management Act.  Read the article…………….

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