Strata

Are Termites Eating Away At You?

Managing termites and the damage they can cause is a tricky issue in strata schemes. This is partly because of the wide range of potential scenarios and partly because there are many different views on how far the owners corporation’s obligations go.

Leaf Me Alone: Tree Disputes Between Neighbours

Trees are a frequent source of disputes between neighbours. They can provide privacy and enhance amenity, but they can also annoy neighbours and damage their property. This often leads to disputes, generally involving a person wanting a tree removed or pruned and the neighbour on whose land it is situated refusing to do so.

Facilitate or Discriminate

One of the greatest difficulties for strata schemes and their strata managing agents is balancing the parallel objectives of efficient cost effective administration and an inclusive harmonious environment. Those objectives are often in tension.

Two Lot Schemes

TWO LOT SCHEMES

Two lot strata schemes are fairly common, but they present special challenges to owners. In particular:

Shifting Services Costs and Secret Profits - Owners Getting Shafted

It has become increasingly common for developers to pursue a development in such a way that owners corporations and lot owners are locked in to using various service providers or paying what amount to deferred development costs. This article will consider the most common scenarios and measures which can be taken to address them.

Hand Me Down Services Arrangements - What You Can Do

It has become increasingly common for developers to pursue a development in such a way that owners corporations and lot owners are locked in to using various service providers or paying what amount to deferred development costs. This article will consider the most common scenarios and measures which can be taken to address them.

New Privacy Laws - Notifiable Data Breaches

Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988, introducing a notifiable data breach scheme, commence on 22 February 2018.

Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011

The current work health and safety legislation in New South Wales comprises:

Embedded Network in your Strata Scheme - Things You Need to Know

Embedded electricity networks are becoming more and more common in strata buildings. They have also become common in other situations, such as commercial buildings, retirement villages and caravan parks, but this article will focus on strata buildings. Similar arrangements for other services, such as gas, hot water, air conditioning, internet access and storm water have also become common, but this article will focus on electricity.

Proxies - Uses and Misuses

Proxies can be a useful tool for strata schemes and their strata managers, as well as lot owners. Some schemes have problems with owner apathy and consequently difficulty meeting quorum requirements. They would have trouble getting anything done without proxies. Some owners reside some distance from the scheme or have mobility issues. They would have limited say in the management of their building without proxies.

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