Management Agreements

Agency Agreements Expiry Deadline - 29 May 2017

Many agency agreements are due to expire on 29 May 2017 due to the operation of Section 50(1) and clause 14(1) of Schedule 3 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.

Strata Law Reform: Impacts on Strata Manager Agreements

The new strata laws have made significant changes to the appointment and role of strata managing agents.

Pushing the Right Buttons: Lift Contracts for Strata Schemes

Lifts and escalator refurbishments and upgrades are amongst the largest items of expenditure that owners in strata schemes commission. Yet such works are excluded from the consumer protection provisions of the Home Building Act (NSW) 1989. This requires strata managers and executive committees to be particularly vigilant to protect the owners’ interests when entering into lift contracts. Because such work is inevitably expensive it is tempting to be lured into false ‘upfront’ economies at the risk of incurring more serious costs later on.

Acquisition of Strata Management Agency Business

A number of legal and practical issues arise when one proposes to acquire a strata management agency business and wishes to obtain the full benefit of the business acquired.

Democracy Rules, OK? Well, Not Quite: Strata Managers and Section 237 Appointments


In a democracy, majority rules even if those decisions are bad. If you are in the minority, there is not much you can do until the next election (or annual general meeting) at which time you may try to become the majority.

Strata Management Agency Agreements - How Much Liability Do Strata Managers Have?

Strata managing agents provide a broad range of services to their owners corporation clients, ranging from accounting and other administration to property repairs and maintenance. This frequently necessitates involvement in highly specialist areas, such as work health and safety and occupiers liability compliance, maintenance to parts of the building containing asbestos contaminated materials and building defects litigation and remedial works.

Management Rights - Fiduciary Duties - Developers

Management rights issues

There have been a lot of enquiries about community associations and strata schemes being dissatisfied with caretaking/building management rights arrangements put in place by the developer and what the association or scheme can do about these arrangements.

Building Management Agreements

Building Management Agreements

  • The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (the Act) uses the term “building manager” in place of the term “caretaker”, which had been used under previous legislation. The definition of building manager is also somewhat different to the previous definition of caretaker. The Act applies to a personwho assists the owners corporation in managing common property, controlling the use of common property by persons other than the owners and occupiers of lots or maintaining and repairing common property, other than as a volunteer or strata committee member. He or she no longer needs to have exclusive possession of a lot or common property area. Section 66.

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