Body Corporate

Contributed By: Small Myers Hughes Solicitors on

Licensing A NSW owners corporation may engage a licensed strata managing agent to help manage their strata scheme. Unlike the position in Queensland, only a person who is licensed (under the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002) can be appointed. What are their responsibilities? An owners corporation can choose the responsibilities of their appointed strata managing agent in negotiating the contract with them (apart from where the owners corporation’s powers cannot be delegated). A strata managing agent cannot: delegate their powers, authorities, duties or functions to others; set the contributions to be paid by the owners; make a decision on a restricted matter (aRead More →

Contributed By: Staff Writer on

It’s been a bumpy ride, but the NBN looks like it’s finally approaching the home straight. According to NBN Co’s latest Corporate Plan, 2018 will be its biggest year for installations. Combined with the 2017 financial year, they predict almost 5 million additional connections nationwide, on track for a planned completion date of sometime in 2020-21. That’s great to hear, but the situation on the ground for most of us is one of confusion and frustration, especially for people living in or managing multi-dwelling units (MDUs). This guide aims to help explain the basics of the NBN in MDUs. If you have additional questions onRead More →

Contributed By: Short Punch & Greatorix on

The extent of services which a body corporate is authorised to provide, and in some cases, must provide, to lot owners, is limited to those set out in the Body Corporate Community Management legislation. Building managers have to be careful that the duties set out in their Caretaking Agreements with bodies corporate, do not stray outside these limits. Section 169 (1) of the Small Module Regulations, and Section 167 (1) permit bodies corporate to provide certain types of services, which are not otherwise covered in the legislation.   Sub sections 2 and 3 of these Sections also provide the body corporate:- must have an agreement withRead More →

A few weeks ago we published an article exploring why onsite managers might want to consider jumping on the AirBnB bandwagon. It featured a number of pro-AirBnB comments we’d received from our members, many of which centred around the positive effect it had had on their revenue. But on the other side of the coin, we also received a substantial response from the opposing camp. The picture they painted was far from rosy – in fact the overall impression was that, as this article’s slightly sensational-sounding headline might suggest, AirBnB and strata living might never be able to peacefully coexist. This isn’t to say thatRead More →

Contributed By: ABC News on

This article was published by ABC News and appears on their website:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-05/bodies-corporate-may-have-to-pay-for-cladding-inspections/8871094 Queenslanders living in body corporate-run apartment blocks could be forced to pay for new safety audits and pick up multi-million-dollar tabs for ripping out combustible cladding in buildings that have previously been ticked off as safe. The ABC’s Four Corners program has revealed more than a decade before a deadly fire in London, Australian suppliers of aluminium-composite cladding knew the product they were selling with a polyethylene (PE) core was highly flammable. It is not known how many non-government buildings in Queensland have the unsafe cladding, but 40 government-owned buildings are under investigation andRead More →

Contributed By: SMALL MYERS HUGHES LAWYERS on

Every lot has areas within them that are common property. Consequently, owners wanting to make changes or undertake renovations may require approval from the Owners Corporation and this will depend on the type of renovation required. Renovations fall into three categories: Cosmetic changes – Includes installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings or other things on common property walls; installing or replacing handrails within your lot; painting; and filling minor holes and cracks in internal walls. Lot owners can do cosmetic work within their lot without seeking approval from the Owners Corporation; Minor renovations – Includes renovating a kitchen; changing recessed light fittings; installingRead More →

Contributed By: Hynes Legal on

Bush lawyers abound out there in strataland. Someone heard from someone else that someone did something or got something and then that becomes the rumour that bounces around endlessly becoming the little spot fire that we then need to put out individually with clients when they ring to ask us: ‘I got told THIS — can we do that too?’ Valuers have it worse though. ‘So and so down the road got 5.6 times for their business so that means mine is worth 5.8 times.’ Leaving aside it was never contracted at 5.6 times in the first place, usually what has happened is the accountantRead More →

Contributed By: TheOnsiteManager.com.au on

It’s been nearly ten years since the launch of AirBnB, and five years since it arrived in Australia. Much like Uber before it, the home-sharing platform’s grand promise to democratise the hotel and holiday rental market has brought with it a lot of problems – especially for hosts’ neighbours, bodies corporate, real estate agents, and of course onsite managers. We decided to explore onsite managers’ sentiment around AirBnB, so we reached out to our members and asked them to share their thoughts and concerns. This article is the first in the series. To kick things off, we looked at the pro-AirBnB side: those who haveRead More →

Contributed By: Ace Body Corp on

A rise in solar panel fires in several Australian states has prompted a warning for hundreds of apartment owners going green on the cheap. At Ace, we’re concerned the problem could quickly grow with the huge popularity of solar power only increasing, if owners corporations/bodies corporate continue to put price over quality. Apartment blocks are well suited to solar networks because the energy generated can be used to power common areas creating costs-savings for owners corporations, but the presence of inexperienced market operators using cheap products has unfortunately exposed owners to serious fire risks. Fire Departments in Queensland have attended over 50 fires in theRead More →

Contributed By: TheOnsiteManager (Staff Writer) on

The Queensland Government is cracking down on combustible building cladding, following the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the discovery that the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane is clad in a similarly combustible material. The new Audit Taskforce is Queensland’s response to Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s call for States to ensure buildings meet Australian standards for fire safety. 44 buildings in Queensland – 23 government owned and 21 privately held – are undergoing compliance checks. While no other cases of non-compliant cladding have been found in the month since the taskforce launched, wider reviews could uncover many more; investigations after the 2014 Lacrosse fire inRead More →