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/ Owner - July 19, 2015

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  • Australia: ‘Unbelievably cruel’: Mascot Towers residents continue to pay fees for units they can’t live in December 20, 2023
    For hundreds of unit owners from Sydney’s doomed Mascot Towers, this year marks their fourth Christmas paying fees for homes too unsafe to live in.  In June 2019 residents of the towers were ordered to evacuate due to cracking in the walls.   Read the article………………………….
  • Australia: How stratas are derailing unit owners’ bid to lower bills December 18, 2023
    Unmotivated owners and strata policies are preventing more apartment blocks from moving to renewable energy.  ReNewCo founder and CEO Matthew Summerville has recently installed solar to a block of units in Clovelly and said that unit owners have more options than they realise.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Five ways strata owners can stem the tide of rising insurance December 14, 2023
    Climate change is driving insurance premiums higher – in strata properties premiums are set to rise nationally by 15-20 per cent from the start of FY24, according to Honan Insurance Group, driven by “claims costs inflation, rising building valuations, and insurers raising rates after periods of losses”.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Australia: Strata association produces insurance disclosure guide December 12, 2023
    Strata Community Association (SCA) has produced a best practice guide that aims to improve disclosure in areas such as commissions, conflicts of interest and the allocation of remuneration.  The release of the guide comes after recommendations made by consultant John Trowbridge in the first phase of an independent review of strata insurance practices and draws on previous work commissioned by the SCA.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Serious defects found in more than 50% of NSW strata buildings December 11, 2023
    More than half of NSW strata buildings have serious defects, with an estimated $79 million being spent by owners’ corporations to rectify the issues, a survey has found.  The joint initiative between Strata Community Association (SCA) NSW and the Office of the Building Commissioner found 53% of buildings had serious defects between 2016-2022, up from 39% in a 2021 survey.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Victorian government cracks down on bizarre three-storey rule after 77 apartment owners ruined November 29, 2023
    The Victorian government is considering a major change to the process of building apartment blocks after multiple homeowners were stung by a blind spot in the law.  Read the article…………………………………
  • Australia: Strata Property Managers Warned: Balancing Safety and Financial Opportunities During Schoolies Celebrations November 14, 2023
    Strata property managers in South East Queensland have been warned that they should not discriminate against school-leavers during the annual Schoolies celebrations. With thousands of students set to descend on the region for three weeks of festivities, property managers have been advised that special rules should not be implemented solely for Schoolies residents.   Read the article……………………………….
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Australia Strata Articles

  • Australia: Landmark Ruling in NSW Court of Appeal Changes the Game for Builders and Developers February 26, 2024
    In a bustling courtroom filled with legal practitioners, developers, and contractors, the New South Wales Court of Appeal delivered a judgment that has sent ripples through the construction industry. At the heart of this legal battle was the question of whether a builder and developer, accused of constructing a defective building, could share the blame—and thus the financial responsibility—with nine independent contractors.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Don’t get caught out! Changes to strata title legislation February 2, 2024
    The NSW Government reviewed the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 (‘SSDA’) and the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (‘SSMA’) with some 139 reforms recommended. As stated by the Hon. Mark Buttigieg in the second reading speech, the aim of the Strata Legislation Amendment Act 2023 is ‘to improve the governance, accountability and effectiveness of strata and community land schemes’. Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Repairs v Improvements to the Common Property: When is a repair a repair? December 13, 2023
    This is a tricky question and it will always depend on the facts of your owners corporation’s situation. In Marks v Owners SP 30190 NSWCATAP 21 the Appeal Panel made a number of findings about the requirement of an owners corporation to repair, maintain, renew and replace the common property when resolving a dispute about resolutions for works and a special levy to pay for the work.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Australia: Mascot Towers: A termination order is not in order December 12, 2023
    On 24 November 2023, Her Honour Justice Peden gave judgment in The Owners – Strata Plan No 80877 v Lannock Capital 2 Pty Ltd NSWSC 1401 (‘Lannock Capital 2’) in the ongoing saga that is better known as ‘Mascot Towers’.   Read the article………………………….
  • Australia: Resolving Ripples: The Art of Diplomacy in Strata Disputes December 9, 2023
    In the tapestry of communal living, disagreements are like ripples on the surface of a tranquil pond. Strata living, with its shared spaces and interconnected lifestyles, often witnesses the emergence of disputes, creating waves that can either disrupt harmony or be skillfully navigated to maintain equilibrium. Welcome to the realm of “Resolving Ripples,” where the art of diplomacy takes center stage in resolving strata disputes.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Australia: Is Mascot Towers a Wake Up Call for Strata Owners? December 6, 2023
    In today’s guest-writer article by well-known strata commentator and consultant, Michael Teys, he discusses the latest setback for the ill-fated Mascot Towers building after a NSW Supreme Court decision, explains his alternate view of their situation, and reminds us of his strata ownership mantras. It’s a bit of tough strata love.   Read the article…………………………
  • Australia: Why do Good Owners make Bad Strata Decisions? November 17, 2023
    Even though strata buildings are full of good, smart and well-intentioned people, they don’t always make great decisions. And sometimes strata buildings delay important decisions or, worse still, actually make really bad decisions. Why is that and what dynamics create those kinds of counterinitiative outcomes? The many potential reasons for the phenomenon should be studied by experts.   Read the article…………………………………
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Australia Strata Laws

Information about strata laws can be found at:

Strata Community Australia

LookUp Strata

Australia Strata Resources

NSW – Advice for living in, or buying into, a strata community.  Government site

Strata Community Association NSW – The peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. SCA (NSW) represents over 3,000 strata managers, principals and suppliers in the sector.

Western Australia Strata Reforms website Strata.wa.gov.au has launched – offering the community a closer look at the most significant reforms to WA’s strata framework in over 20 years

Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management – QLD provide information and dispute resolution services for those who live, invest or work in community titles schemes in Queensland.

Unit Owners Association QLD The UOAQ has produced a series of discussion papers that seek to provide information and experiences from owners. Alternative models are proposed to rebalance and smoothly transition the strata industry to a fair and competitvely priced strata environment

Strata Community Australia  (SCA is the peak association supporting the strata sector, representing over 3,300 member companies and individuals)

Owners Corporation Network A not-for-profit organisation that exists to help strata owners navigate the complexities of strata living, from social and organisational challenges to financial and legal issues.

EV Charging – Information Portal for Strata Owners

LookUp Strata

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Smart Strata

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Article and Blog Resources

Queensland:  Hynes Legal

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New South Wales: Bannermans Lawyers

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GoStrata

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ESM Strata

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