Australia: Strata warning for unit owners as hidden fees push couple out of home

Hardworking apartment owners are being slapped with soaring strata fees boosted by general inflation, rising insurance levies and building defects.  Although there is no official data source for strata levies, anecdotal evidence suggests fees increased 15 to 20 per cent on average over the past year, but up to 40 per cent in some cases.  […]

Malaysia: Calls for self-regulation amid evolving strata building trends

As stratified buildings become more diverse and multifunctional, the Strata Management Act (SMA) may not fully align with current trends. This has prompted calls within the property management industry for a shift towards self-regulation to emphasise ethical practices and professionalism, ensuring that industry standards adapt effectively to meet contemporary challenges.    Read the article…………………………….

Universiti Utara Malaysia inks MOA with MIPFM to establish Strata Management Basic course

Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM) to establish Strata Management Basic course to raise the bar for the stratified property management industry, according to a press statement on Saturday.  In the statement, UUM vice-chancellor Datuk Mohd Foad Sakdan said that the course has significant benefits to the industry, academics, staff and students. These […]

Mexico: Resort trying to shift blame to HOA in hot tub electrocution death

Who’s at fault? That’s the question that now surrounds the tragic death of a Texas man electrocuted in a hot tub at a Rocky Point resort back in June.  The wife of the man is suing Casago, the vacation rental platform. However, Casago is now saying they are not to blame.  Casago saying that it’s […]

Thailand: Parasitic Health Scare Alarms Residents of Lat Phrao Condo

A condo in the Lat Phrao area is dealing with a severe health issue due to a parasite infection in their water supply. Over 100 residents are affected, and some could risk losing their sight if not treated on time.  Pook Sukonta Berthebaud, a well-known social media influencer, revealed the concerning situation on Facebook. According […]

Italy: Condominium: can the regulations prohibit renting?

The reasons why a person decides to put their home in rent there are many… maybe you have to reside for some time for work reasons, outside your municipality of residence or, simply, you have a second home that you want to “put to income”.    Read the article…………………………….

Netherlands: Mediation needed for squabbling homeowners’ associations

Some 40% of homeowners’ associations are riddled with conflict and should have access to mediation, watchdog organisation Vereniging Eigen Huis (VEH) has found.  Everyone living in an apartment building is required by law to form a homeowners’ association (VVE) to agree on communal costs, such as building insurance and repairs, but increasingly disputes get out […]

Australia: New president brings ethics focus to scandal-plagued strata sector

Amid an industry-wide reckoning, the Strata Community Association (SCA) has named a new president to guide operations across Australia and New Zealand.  Joshua Baldwin will become the organisation’s youngest president at 33, bringing 13 years of experience in the strata industry to the leadership role.   Read the article…………………………….

Cayman: Storm surge batters down shutters at oceanfront condo complex

Jagged shards of splintered glass hung from the frames of shattered French windows of oceanfront condos at Windsor Village, which bore the brunt of the damage from Hurricane Beryl on Thursday.  Storm surge battered down shutters and inundated homes closest to the waterfront at the complex on South Church Street.   Read the article…………………………….

Malaysia: Issuance of strata titles with vacant possession failed due to lack of coordination between ministry, govt agencies

The government has failed to implement the simultaneous issuance of vacant possession with strata titles (VPST), as there was no coordination between the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) and other government agencies to fulfill the implementation of the policy, according to the Auditor General’s (AG) Report 2024.  Read the article…………………………….

Bahamas: GBPA revokes Lucayan Towers South’s occupancy certificate

The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) said in a statement yesterday that it is seeking the assistance of the Department of Social Services to relocate residents of Lucayan Towers South (LTS), after it was forced to move forward with revoking the complex’s certificate of occupancy.     Read the article…………………………….

Thailand: Condo association warns of crisis in property sector

The Thai property sector will face challenges in meeting sales targets this year due to a decline in demand and purchasing power, Thai Condominium Association president Prasert Taedullayasatit said on Tuesday.   Read the article…………………………….

Spain: Association to protect community homeowners is born on the Costa del Sol

“The worst part is the proxy votes. They leave us powerless,” explained Elisa Álvarez to SUR. Elisa is the president of the newly formed Apercove association of victims in neighbourhood communities. Last Tuesday she appeared with some of her associates outside Marbella town hall during a presentation to the media.    Read the article…………………………….

Malaysia: the Tribunal for Homebuyers Claims (HCT) and the Strata Management Tribunal, successfully resolved 51,233 cases, including pending cases, from 2018 to 2023

The ministry said in a statement today that the HCT handled 9,081 cases while the SMT handled 42,152 cases.  The highest number of resolutions was in 2023, with 11,361 cases, and HCT resolved 943 cases from January to May this year, with 791 cases registered in the same period.   Read the article…………………………….

Thailand: Foreigners to be allowed to own 75% of units in condominium projects

The Interior Ministry has been assigned by the Cabinet to amend the Condominium Act, to increase the foreign ownership limit in a development from 49% to 75%, and to amend the Land Act, to allow foreigners to lease land in Thailand for 99 years, up from the current 50.    Read the article…………………………….

Philippines: DHSUD’s Director Doral on precarious ground

THE preamble of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability (the Code) states that “the existence of a free and independent society depends upon the recognition of the concept that justice is based on the rule of law” and a lawyer’s “failure to abide by the Code results in sanctions.”    Read the article…………………………….

Malaysia: Airbnb introduces new safety guide for short-term rentals in strata buildings

irbnb has introduced its Responsible Hosting in Buildings guide for short-term rental accommodations (STRA) in strata buildings, anticipating a rise in demand for such properties.  Its head of public policy for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Mich Goh, highlighted that the renewed interest in travel among domestic and foreign tourists places STRA in […]

Australia: Strata debt: What happens when strata levies are not paid?

Almost one in five people in New South Wales and 16 per cent of Australians live in strata housing, according to the Australasian Strata Insights 2022 report & infographics, released by the University of New South Wales City Futures Research Centre.  So it’s probably not surprising that issues relating to strata living have been in […]

Italy: Condominium resolutions: differences and possibility of appeal

In the condominium context, the resolutions of the assembly they represent essential tools for the management and organization of the common areas. Not all of them, however, have the same legal weight. In fact, there are resolutions decision-makingwhich determine concrete and immediate effects, e programmatic or interlocutory resolutions, which simply take on a preparatory or […]

South Africa: Adjudicator duties in terms of the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act

In the case of Reddy and Another v Cedar Lakes Homeowners Association NPC and Others, the Johannesburg High Court reversed the findings of an Adjudicator appointed in terms of the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act, 2011 (“the Act”). The court found that the Adjudicator had failed to account for relevant evidence and that his application […]

Myanmar Junta Arrests Thai Condo Buyers, Realtors as Currency Crashes

Myanmar’s junta is attempting to crack down on the sale and purchase of Thai condominiums inside Myanmar following reports that the Thai property market is rising on a Myanmar-fueled buying spree.  On Monday, junta officials arrested four people, and are pursuing a fifth, for illegal sales and purchases of Thai condos in Myanmar.   Read the […]

Australia: Five key takeaways from our strata seminar

Insurance News held a half-day strata seminar in Sydney on Thursday, and more than 100 industry professionals attended.  Expert speakers provided insights on a variety of important issues. Here are five key findings from the event: CHU CEO Kimberley Jonsson presented interesting new data that challenged assumptions on strata insurance affordability.   Read the article…………………………….

Japan: Land ministry sets standards for condo repair reserve funds

The land ministry has set standards for calculating the contributions of unit owners to reserve funds earmarked for large-scale condominium repairs, calling for balanced fund accumulation over the long term in order to forestall issues such as sudden spikes in contribution requirements.    Read the article…………………………….

Philippines: File complaint with HSAC, condo owners advised

AT THE Aprobado sa Konseho meeting on Thursday, Councilor Bai Hundra Cassandra “Sweet” Advincula advised Verdon Parc residents to lodge complaints with the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) while awaiting the Office of the Building Official’s (Ocbo’s) inspection results.    Read the article…………………………….

Mexico: State seizes unfinished Tulum condo project after investigation opened for fraud

An unfinished condominium property in Tulum has been seized by the state. The weekend seizure took place after its developer was reported for fraud.  According to information available, personnel from the State Attorney General’s Office seized the property May 23. The property is located in region 15 of the town of Tulum.   Read the article…………………………….

India: Condo polling gets thumbs-up from voters, but long wait time

Gurgaon: The city’s condominiums witnessed long queues as residents  exercised their democratic right on Saturday. From convenience and enthusiasm to chaos and disenchantment, many residents excited to vote at their doorstep ended waiting for hours to exercise their right to franchise.    Read the article…………………………….   ..    

Warning for complexes, estates and gated communities in South Africa

Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa (Rebosa) have highlighted that HOA profit-making practices are an ongoing concern in South Africa – a major problem for both homeowners and estate agents.  Rebosa flagged in February that some Homeowners Associations (HOAs) – responsible for managing such communities – are also involved in unlawful profit-making practices that […]

Indonesia: Shell Coop East Residents Association Abuja Face Harassment Over Green Area Space Dispute

Acivil society group, the Civil Society Alliance for Transparency and Development (CSATD), is urging authorities to intervene in the harassment of residents at Shell CoopEast Garden Estate in Abuja.Residents claim they’re being targeted by police acting for the estate developer Shell East Staff Imvestment Cooperative Soceity Limited (CoopEast) , despite a lawsuit challenging the developer’s […]

Philippines: House unanimously approves proposed Condominium Redevelopment Act

The measure providing for the redevelopment of condominiums in the country has been unanimously approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives.  On the strength of 188 affirmative votes, the House gave final approval to House Bill (HB) No. 10173, also known as the proposed Condominium Redevelopment Act, during a recent plenary […]

Philippines: Alcover sues Beverly Hills Homeowners Association

Cebu City Councilor Pastor “Jun” Alcover filed a criminal complaint against members of the Homeowners Association of Beverly Hills, Lahug after they allegedly installed another barricade at their gates that bars the entry of the public anew.   Read the article…………………………….

Philippines: Village sues Cebu City lawyers

A HOMEOWNERS association based in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, has lodged a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas against Cebu City Legal Officer Carlo Vincent Gimena and 11 other lawyers for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.   Read the article…………………………….

Caymans: Condo owners win sun lounger fight

The owners of luxury condos in West Bay have won the right to use their sun loungers on the beach after a planning enforcement notice was quashed.  The Boggy Sands Club, which does not front onto the ocean, had bought a plot of land on the coast as an amenity for owners.   Read the article…………………………….

Philippines: 70 HOAs gather to tackle lot concerns in Cebu City

Cebu City’s housing summit finally pushed through with various homeowners from different associations in attendance, hoping to finally settle concerns involving their lots, particularly those identified as Capitol-owned properties.  Close to 70 officials from different homeowners, especially those with some lot issues and concern, gathered at the Community Hall of the Cebu City Hall last […]