Free car parking: Tribunal upholds exclusive use car parking by-law

Free car parking right given to lot owners in 1991, then the Owners Corporation changes its mind in 2009. The lot owners exclusive use By-Law then stands the test of time at NCAT hearing. Background An exclusive use By-Law was duly made in 1991, conferring on the lot owners the exclusive use of two car […]

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No Smoking Please! Preventing Smoking in your Strata Scheme

Do you remember the old days of coming home from a night out? Your clothes and hair smelt of smoke, and if you were like me, you had no voice. Now, the anti-smoking laws have really cleaned up the air quality of licenced premises. Having said that, if you live above, below or next to […]

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Income tax draft ruling impacting Strata Title entities

The Australian Taxation Office has issued a draft taxation ruling (TR 2015/D1) that addresses a range of tax issues that affect a body corporate constituted under strata title legislation and the owners of a lot that would be held under that legislation. The ruling confirms that a strata title body is treated as a company […]

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Change to Home Building Warranties defect definition and claim period

Change to what constitutes a defect that is actionable under the Home Builders Warranties. Structural defects will no longer be the threshold at which an owner can seek the assistance of statutory warranties. The test is now “A major defect in a major element”, which essentially means there is a severe defect that makes the […]

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Do Smoke Alarm’s expire?

If no expiry dates are present on your existing smoke alarm and there is no installation paperwork, there is a strong chance they are out of date. All smoke alarms and detectors have a used by date, this includes each hard-wired alarm having an expiration date. Smoke alarms are required to be replaced every 10 […]

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Asbestos within Fire Doors Explained

In older Strata Scheme buildings, the query often arises regarding Asbestos exposure risk issues to be considered when replacing door handle sets, or undertaking door repairs associated with older Fire Doors. In such cases, a fire services company is often engaged who selects two random unit doors for asbestos testing. They normally remove the door […]

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Get a Properly Calculated Building Insurance Valuation

Bushfires, earthquakes and floods have inflicted millions of dollars worth of damage to buildings. Now strata scheme owners are realising the vital importance of an accurate, up to date Insurance Replacement Valuation. The recent fluctuation in the market for building materials and skilled tradespeople has resulted in many buildings currently being underinsured. Being underinsured can […]

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Concrete Cancer could cost you your building

What an emotive term… ’Concrete Cancer’ like the human kind, it can kill the building if not stopped. Concrete cancer is rust – specifically within reinforcing steel. So how does it happen; how is it identified and how can you stop it in its tracks? Why is concrete and steel used so often in construction? […]

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How Strata Building Insurance Lowers Financial and Regulatory Risk

There’s a reason that even the most protected strata buildings still choose to set up comprehensive building insurance policies. Owners Corporations recognize that accidents and malicious acts can and do happen, whether it be fire, earthquake, lightning strikes, arson, vandalism, theft or burst water pipes. An Owners Corporation caught flat-footed with inappropriate strata building insurance […]

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Are You Compliant to the New Window Lock Laws?

Are You Compliant to the New Window Lock Laws? With around 50 Australian children falling from windows and balconies each year, many of which result in serious injuries or are fatal, the NSW Department of Fair Trading has introduced new window lock laws.  Strata owners will need to be compliant to the new laws by […]

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