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  • North Sydney residents and strata committee in stand-off over cranky 34-year-old lift November 21, 2017 Residents say they fear for their lives every time they get into the cranky 34-year-old lift in their apartment building in North Sydney, and accuse their strata committee of “sheer bastardry” for refusing to replace it.  The lift rarely stops on the fifth floor where owner Denise Hunt lives; it often descends straight to the basement regardless of which button is pressed, and it regularly doesn’t stop flush on occupants’ landings.   Read the article……………….
  • Australia: Airbnb hosts can be fined $550 for failing to notify strata of new guests under NSW law November 19, 2017 A LITTLE-USED legal provision could be used to put the squeeze on owners who rent their units out on short-term rental sites like Airbnb.  Author and apartment living expert Jimmy Thomson, founder of the website Flat Chat, has called for owners’ corporations to fine landlords who don’t register tenants using a “widely ignored” law.  Under Section 258 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, owners must notify the body corporate of any changes to leases or subleases, including the name ...
  • Calls for Canberra body corporates and stratas to allow Airbnb complexes November 11, 2017 “The body corporate have disallowed Airbnb in our complex, but there’s a distinction between leasing out an entire premises and just renting a room.”  Mr Miller said the body corporate now “tolerate” him using Airbnb at his apartment after a conversation outlining the differences in advertising a single room, rather than a whole apartment.  He said for many body corporates across Canberra, there’s still much confusion about what residents can do when it comes to using Airbnb.    Read the article……………….
  • Macau: Commercial activity of condominium management November 7, 2017 With a total area of 30.5 square kilometer, Macau is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Inevitably, the lack of space equates to squeezing more buildings into less land, and, as we take a quick look at the city, we can see that construction of strata title properties is unexceptional in Macau.  Further, the increase of the quality of condominiums and the respective inflation in property prices has also led to a higher expectation of the ...
  • Malaysia: Four years on, Ridzuan Condominium attempts to ban ‘Africans’ again November 5, 2017 After making the headlines four years ago for trying (and failing) to ban “Africans” from residing in their condominium, the management body of Ridzuan Condominium are at it again. On October 24, they put up a notice stating that with immediate effect “individuals holding African nationalities” will be denied entry and not be allowed to rent units. The notice, which was a result of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on September 30, gave exceptions to “African” tenants currently residing there but ...
  • Malaysia: Ministry proposes for strata maintenance charges to be included in assessment October 8, 2017 The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government has proposed for strata housing maintenance charges to be included in the assessment collected by the Local Authorities (PBT) to overcome the problem of overdue payments.   Its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar (pix) said the matter would be discussed with the local authorities, besides taking into consideration the views of state housing executive council committees nationwide.    Read the article…………….
  • Philippines: Condo community brings fun and learning to kids September 26, 2017 Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the same time.  The DMCI Homes development recently held “Kidzinnia,” a five-day workshop that involved children who lived in the community. Led by Zinnia Towers’ Property Management Office (PMO), the event included workshops on gardening and recycling activities as well as ...

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  • Overview of Strata Structures in Dubai November 1, 2017 Common areas in certain real estate projects in Dubai belong jointly to the owners of units in the project. The management of such common areas is governed by the provisions of Law No. 27 of 2007 and a set of directions and regulations.   This article summarises the various entities and documents involved with the management of common areas in single use developments and common elements in mixed use developments.    Read the article………………
  • 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…………

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