Claims for Damages Against Owners Corporations

We have observed an increase in claims against owners corporations for alleged failures to repair and maintain common property.

How do you get Approval for Airbnb in your Unit?

There has been a lot of contention over Airbnb and similar type letting arrangements within Strata Schemes.  The recent Parliamentary Inquiry into the Adequacy of Regulation for Short Term Holiday Letting which rejected calls to ban Airbnb within strata schemes, has not been challenged by the NSW Government in its recent preliminary responses to the Inquiry.

What Can an Owners Corporation do to Regulate or Prohibit Airbnb?

On 19 April 2017, the NSW Government supported the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Adequacy of Regulation for Short Term Holiday Letting handed down in October 2016 which rejected calls to allow owners corporations to ban Airbnb letting within strata schemes.

Trees Causing Damage - What Can You Do?

It is not uncommon for owners corporations to have to deal with damage caused by a tree, being their own, or a neighbours tree. This can include damage to:

Loose Fill Asbestos Hazard: Important Update for Strata and Home Owners 2017

31 March 2017 Deadline to confirm registration

31 July 2017 Deadline to opt into Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Scheme if Loose Fill Asbestos Identified

How to Save Legal Costs

Like most lawyers we charge our clients for the time spent on their matters. 

Clients can greatly assist us in reducing the time spent on their matters and the fees accordingly by following some of these steps :

Top Ten Tips For New Strata Schemes

Purchasers of lots in a new strata plan find themselves members of a new owners corporation, which has a lot of work to do during the lead up to its first annual general meeting. That meeting must take place within two months of the expiry of the “initial period”, i.e. the period within which one third of the lots owned by the developer change hands, which can pass quickly.

All's Fair in Contracts and Law? Unfair Contract Protection For Small Business

Amendments to the Australian Securities and Investment Corporations Act 2001 and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to commence on 12 November 2016 will extend to small businesses protections previously only available to consumers. These relate to standard form contracts and essentially allow for challenge of unfair contract terms in such contracts. The amendments to the ASIC Act will apply primarily to financial products and services. The amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act will have much broader application and this article looks at that act and the Australian Consumer Law under that act. The key points are:

Common Property Maintenance - New Laws May Solve Some Old Problems

A common problem for investment property owners, whose investment property is a strata apartment, is getting the owners corporation to properly maintain and repair the common property. This can involve an owners corporation lacking the funds required to undertake the works or simply involve inertia.

Savvy Investors See Big Profits in New Strata Rules

In just over three months NSW strata apartment owners will have more rights running, renovating and reselling their properties thanks to reforms expected to herald nationwide changes to property management and ownership.

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