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.

Dealing with Disparaging Online Articles

Strata committee members and strata managing agents of owners corporations are often subject to disparaging commentary published in various online locations, such as news sites, review sites and blogs. This can be more damaging than print articles, which can be expected to have less impact over time, as they remain available online indefinitely, including to persons seeking information about the scheme through search engines.

The Sydney Metro Rail Project - Does it affect you?

Property owners, including owners corporations and their strata managing agents, have been receiving letters from Transport for NSW (“TfNSW”) in relation to the Sydney Metro rail project.

Pre 1974 Schemes and the Centre Line Rule

For owners corporations with a strata plan registered prior to 1 July 1974, things work a bit differently than for other schemes. There are important differences regarding what is common property and what owners corporations and lot owners are responsible for.

Mixed Use Developments and Complex BMC Arrangements

Mixed Use Developments are increasingly popular with both the residential and commercial sectors in the current Sydney property market. Essentially they involve a combination of various types of uses in the one building or complex.

'The Bad Stuff is Cheap': Apartment Boom Leaves Sydney Facing 'Dire Consequences' if Fire Hazards Left Unaddressed

Years of record highrise building on Australia’s east coast has had an unintended consequence – the creation of buildings with fire hazards that experts warn are costly to fix but too risky to leave unattended.

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