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May
02

THE BROADENING SCOPE OF ANTI-BULLYING LAWS

As you may be aware the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has in the recent past decided that the bullying of a building manager employee by members of an Owners Corporation can amount to bullying under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act).

If actions are found to be bullying under the FW Act this could lead to the Owners Corporation or even individual owners being liable to orders from the FWC and if such orders are breached it opens the door to civil and criminal penalties for the “bullies”.

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Mar
25

UPDATE ON AIRBNB LEGISLATION

Like strata legislation, real estate licensing and just about everything else that impacts on our daily lives, the various State Governments in Australia simply cannot agree on a uniform approach about how to deal with the Airbnb phenomenon.

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Mar
01

PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN STRATA BUILDINGS AND MOTELS

Unlike more mainstream commercial ventures, we regularly see instances in the strata industry where intellectual property protection may not be given the attention it deserves.

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Jan
24

THE ADMINISTRATIVE FUND -V- CAPITAL WORKS FUND

All strata schemes in NSW must establish an administrative fund and a capital works fund (was called a “sinking” fund) to administer the finances of the strata scheme.

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Dec
13

BOOKINGS CANCELLED AS FIRES RAGE

A crisis such as flooding or the recent Queensland bushfires may lead some guests to postpone or cancel their visit. Your rights and obligations in these circumstances will depend on the situation and the lack of a clear cancellation policy and can lead to disputes with guests and unit owners.

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Nov
27

REAL ESTATE AND THE SALEABILITY OF YOUR RIGHTS

The eastern States have experienced substantial increases in the value of real estate over the last couple of years. This increase in property values, however, is not such a great thing when it comes to selling your management rights.

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Oct
22

DROP DEAD DATES

It is critical that you exercise any option in your Caretaking and Letting Agreements strictly in accordance with the terms of the Agreements.

In recent years I have seen a husband and wife, in the later stages of their working life, walk away from what was a good business with next to nothing as a consequence of missing the first option exercise date by 2 days. It was distressing!

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Sep
21

IS COMPANY TITLE MAKING A COMEBACK?

Strata laws were first introduced into New South Wales in 1961.

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Aug
21

Duties And Obligations Of Committee Members

Committee members are all volunteers and the vast majority are unpaid.

The strata legislation (and by laws) in each state provides the framework for governance of strata title buildings. Bodies Corporate (or, as they are called in New South Wales, “Owners Corporations”) delegate much of their day-to-day decision-making authority to committees.

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Jul
25

SOME INTERESTING STRATA STATISTICS!

We all are aware that Governments (both State and local) are pushing people into high-rise living. Population growth in the cities means that more and more high-rise developments are inevitable.

I recently came across interesting statistics relating to strata, which was prepared by the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.  

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