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/ Owner - May 15, 2014
  • Australia: Strata warning for unit owners as hidden fees push couple out of home July 19, 2024
    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.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Malaysia: Calls for self-regulation amid evolving strata building trends July 16, 2024
    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 July 15, 2024
    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 advantages include knowledge transfer to the industry, talent development, driving economic growth, and fostering innovation.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Mexico: Resort trying to shift blame to HOA in hot tub electrocution death July 10, 2024
    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 the HOA’s responsibility to maintain the hot tub and other parts of the property.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Thailand: Parasitic Health Scare Alarms Residents of Lat Phrao Condo July 10, 2024
    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 to him, residents are being infected by parasites called Acanthamoeba and Microsporidia. This was confirmed through tests done by Chulalongkorn and Siriraj hospitals.    Read the ...
  • Italy: Condominium: can the regulations prohibit renting? July 9, 2024
    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 July 9, 2024
    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 of hand and in some cases, neighbours confront each other in court, the VEH said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: New president brings ethics focus to scandal-plagued strata sector July 8, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Australia: Strata law reform on the cards as NSW Fair Trading swamped with complaints July 6, 2024
    Strata agents will be targeted in a raft of new laws designed to stop dodgy dealings, ban shady commissions, and improve trust in strata schemes following a surge in complaints.  NSW Fair Trading received 965 complaints about strata agents in the five years to 2023, most commonly related to rules of conduct and finances. In the past year, there were 273 complaints against strata agents, compared to 16 against strata executive committees and 43 against strata owners corporations.    Read the ...
  • Cayman: Storm surge batters down shutters at oceanfront condo complex July 5, 2024
    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 July 4, 2024
    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 July 3, 2024
    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 July 3, 2024
    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 June 29, 2024
    “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 June 28, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Australia: Government and strata sector make big moves to clean up act June 26, 2024
    A recent scandal involving one of the nation’s biggest strata management firms has led the NSW government as well as the industry’s advocacy body to mandate a change in practices.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Everything You Thought You Knew About Strata is Wrong! June 26, 2024
    Carpet inside an apartment in a strata building is common property. So too is paint on the walls and ceiling inside an apartment. Surely that can’t be right! But according to two Supreme Court Judges, it is.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: NSW announces strata management industry reforms June 25, 2024
    NSW will introduce stricter rules on matters such as commissions and conflicts of interest and increase the penalties that can be imposed on strata agents.   Watch the video………………………….
  • Thailand: Foreigners to be allowed to own 75% of units in condominium projects June 22, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Nigeria: Magodo Estate officials resign in protest against chairman’s apology letter to Odumosu June 22, 2024
    Members of the Magodo Brooks Residents Association (MABRA) in Lagos State are divided over a letter of apology written by the Chairman of the association’s Board of Trustees, Ayoola Lawson to Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.  On Saturday, the police commissioner, who was attending a social event at the estate, ordered the arrest of four security guards for their “refusal to allow” him into Brooks Estate situated in Magodo.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: DHSUD’s Director Doral on precarious ground June 21, 2024
    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 June 21, 2024
    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 a prominent position to propel tourism growth and draw a diverse range of visitors to Malaysia.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Strata debt: What happens when strata levies are not paid? June 18, 2024
    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 the spotlight lately. Unpaid levies can sometimes lead to strata debt and, in extreme circumstances, bankruptcy.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: Thinking about buying a strata or community title property? Do a search! June 17, 2024
    If you are buying a strata or community title property you are likely about to make one of the largest purchases you have every made, or will ever make, in your life. I implore you to conduct a search of the scheme’s books and records so that you can make a fully informed decision. Just recently, I have had two clients who have learned this lesson the hard way.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Italy: Condominium resolutions: differences and possibility of appeal June 15, 2024
    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 exploratory character. Let’s try to better understand the differences between the various types of resolutions and when it is possible to challenge them.   Read the ...
  • Caymans: Man Alleges That Strata Is Attempting To Unlawfully Sell His Apartment June 13, 2024
    According to a Writ of Summons stamped by the Grand Court on June 6, 2024, Bilika Harry Simamba, a retired attorney, alleged that a member of the strata which manages his apartment at Hyre Point (either acting for herself or on behalf of the strata), is attempting to force the sale of his apartment to recover outstanding strata fees. Simamba argues that the actions amount to “actual and/or attempted blackmail, illegal appropriation of property, illegal sale, breach of trust, theft, ...
  • Australia: New Strata Supervision and CPD Guidelines (NSW) June 13, 2024
    Starting 1 July 2024, NSW Fair Trading will introduce updated regulations for strata, real estate and stock & station agents.  Read the article…………………………….
  • South Africa: Adjudicator duties in terms of the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act June 13, 2024
    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 of the law was incorrect.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Malaysia: MACC urged to explain why lawyer detained over strata property dispute June 11, 2024
    The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has overstepped its jurisdiction in arresting a lawyer who was acting for a stratified property’s management corporation in several civil suits, says Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).    Read the article…………………………….
  • Japan: Near-complete condo to be torn down over Mt. Fuji view complaints June 8, 2024
    A nearly finished 10-story condominium in western Tokyo will be demolished after local residents complained it obstructs views of Mount Fuji, Japan’s renowned landmark, local media reported on Saturday.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Myanmar Junta Arrests Thai Condo Buyers, Realtors as Currency Crashes June 4, 2024
    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 article…………………………….
  • Australia: Five key takeaways from our strata seminar June 3, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Four out of ten community associations will need to adapt their lifts to meet Spain’s tougher safety rules June 3, 2024
    A new rule will oblige many homeowners’ associations in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol to adapt their lifts so they meet technical and safety requirements.  In some cases, it will be enough to change or repair a part to comply with the so-called Complementary Technical Instruction (ITC AEM 1), which originates from the Royal Decree 355/2024, approved by the government in April, but in others, the obligation to comply with the new law may mean replacing the lift ...
  • Japan: Land ministry sets standards for condo repair reserve funds May 30, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Singapore: Condo resident concerned neighbour’s toy dino on air-con unit may fall 5 storeys and hurt someone May 29, 2024
    It looked like a giant lady’s finger from above.  As in the vegetable, not the human appendage. Also known as okra.  A green toy triceratops was spotted taped onto the top of an air-conditioning compressor unit at a condominium in Pandan Valley on May 27 around 2pm.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: File complaint with HSAC, condo owners advised May 29, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Singapore: About 50 residents evacuated after clothes dryer in Yishun condo catches fire; 1 taken to hospital May 28, 2024
    About 50 residents were evacuated, and one person was taken to hospital after a condominium unit in Yishun caught fire on May 28.  The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post on May 28 that it was alerted at about 11.40am to a fire at 93 Yishun Street 81, which is where Orchid Park Condominium is located.    Read the article…………………………….
  • New Guinea: Strata title laws introducedDepartment of Lands and Physical Planning May 27, 2024
    Department of Lands and Physical Planning has announced the introduction of the Strata Title Laws in Papua, New Guinea.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Mexico: State seizes unfinished Tulum condo project after investigation opened for fraud May 26, 2024
    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 May 25, 2024
    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 May 25, 2024
    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 could negatively affect the sale of a home and the agents tasked with the sale in estates or gated communities.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Indonesia: Shell Coop East Residents Association Abuja Face Harassment Over Green Area Space Dispute May 24, 2024
    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 plan to build on a designated green area.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Yamsuan Files Bill Mandating Bi-Annual LGU-Homeowners’ Association Meetings May 21, 2024
    Bicol Saro party-list Rep. Brian Raymund Yamsuan has introduced a measure mandating local government units (LGUs) to convene twice a year with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) within their jurisdiction to establish a regular line of communication to address issues of mutual concern.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: House unanimously approves proposed Condominium Redevelopment Act May 18, 2024
    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 session.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Alcover sues Beverly Hills Homeowners Association May 15, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Australia: Apartment owners being ‘penalised’ for other building’s defects May 14, 2024
    Sky News host James Macpherson says the poor quality of strata apartment buildings is “killing owners”.  His comments come as a new report from the New South Wales government, which looked at 600 new or strata buildings, and found 53 per cent of them had serious or major defects within six years of being built.  “Even if they don’t have defects in their building,” he said.   Video news report……………………..
  • Philippines: Village sues Cebu City lawyers May 14, 2024
    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 May 14, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Brazil: Remote self-consumption: savings on electricity bills in residential condominiums May 13, 2024
    The advantages offered by solar energy systems, in the midst of a scenario in which the value of the electricity bill continues to rise in Brazil, have called attention of several residential building managers.  The option of offering condominium owners the chance to subscribe to an economical and renewable 100% source is becoming increasingly common, to the point where condos be if interesting more in solar energy than in the installation of remote entrances and improvements to site security.  Read the ...
  • Philippines: 70 HOAs gather to tackle lot concerns in Cebu City May 13, 2024
    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 Saturday.    Read the article…………………………….
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