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The battle for broadband is far from over. TPG Telecom is promising to bring back its national broadband network rival despite new red tape crimping the telco’s ability to cash in on inner-city apartments.

Submission on the Strata Schemes Management Bill 2015 & Part 10 of the Strata Schemes Development Bill 2015

1.            Introduction

This is a submission from Bannermans Lawyers addressing a number of issues with the Bills, based on our experience acting for owners corporations, lot owners, strata managing agents and contractors in relation to strata transactions and disputes.

Sydney Couple Win Two-Year Battle to Move Dog into Apartment Block

Designer dog Oscar Wylde has become the pin-up pet for animal-loving apartment dwellers everywhere after winning his two-year legal battle to be allowed to move into one of Sydney's most prestigious buildings.

Top Ten Tips for Buying a Strata Unit "Off the Plan"

Buying a strata unit “off the plan”, before it has been built, has long been common.

As compared with buying an existing property, there are many potential benefits,e.g. good pricing offered by developers needing to satisfy finance requirements, potential capital gain during the period between signing the contract and settlement, possible government first home buyer assistance, flexibility regarding floor plan and inclusions and more time to arrange your affairs before moving.

Submission On Community Schemes Law Reform and Position Paper

This is a submission from Bannermans Lawyers addressing a number of issues raised in the discussion paper, based on our experience acting for community associations, lot owners, managing agents and contractors in relation to community scheme transactions and disputes.

Insurance In Construction - Are You Really Covered?

Construction entails many risks to a builder by virtue of its occupation, control and/or ownership of the site. The risks include personal injury or death to persons and damage or destruction of property (including the contract works itself).

Cleaning House: What can Owners Corporations do about Unwanted items on Common Property?

Owners corporations and their strata managing agents have been struggling for years to find effective solutions to this issue. While this is a difficult area, there are some options.

Important Tax Update: New Draft Ruling for Strata Schemes

The ATO has recently clarified its position regarding a number of income tax issues pertaining to bodies corporate constituted under strata title legislation, withdrawing Taxation Ruling IT 2505 and issuing a new draft ruling TR 2015/D1. The ATO is considering submissions in relation to the draft ruling and changes are possible.

Safety Reports In Strata Schemes And Occupiers Liability

Regrettably, it is common for people to sustain injuries while on the common property of strata buildings and those injuries frequently lead to personal injury claims.

Owners Corporation's Duty to Ensure Safety of the Common Property

It is the responsibility of an owners corporation to ensure that common property is reasonably safe to users. This responsibility can be three dimensional and often with a degree of overlap.

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