Posted on June 1, 2013

It is our great pleasure to welcome the promotion of 2 of our high level staff to the position of Strata Managers.  Our reputation is spreading and the expansion of our portfolio meant we needed to obtain the skills of some new managers within the business.  It seemed blatantly obvious that promoting from within was the way forward and Shana...
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Tips To Save $$$ On Pool Equipment

Posted on May 6, 2013

A great number of solutions to save more energy in and around swimming pools or spas are available in terms of pumps, plant and equipment, pool heating systems and lights: Energy efficient pumps – In most commercial pools, pumps need to run for 24 hours a day to maintain optimum water turnover. Available now are a range of eight-star energy efficient...
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Avoid Disputes About Hard Floors

Posted on April 6, 2013

The issue of noise transference from hard flooring in apartments (like timber and tiles) is a common source of dispute. Even when a resident is using their lot for normal daily activities, inadequate soundproofing under their hard floors can have a significant and frustrating impact on adjacent lots. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) establishes a minimum standard regarding noise transference...
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Posted on February 1, 2013

The question of parking in visitors parking areas is often a contentious issue for many complexes.  Recent adjudication from the Commissioner of Body Corporate below show how it is viewed by the legal eagles in charge. The office stated “The provision of designated areas of the common property for visitor parking is a requirement of local government. The number of car...
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New Services Offered To Body Corporate Clients

Posted on January 1, 2013

North Shore Body Corporate are happy to announce that we will now be offering a new service to those owners who just want a little assistance with their Body Corporate but don’t want the whole Management service. “We believe everyone should have the ability to access information about legislation changes and compliance issues.  Therefore we are hoping that more people will...
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Posted on December 1, 2012

The recent consultation paper and following public hearing in relation to changes to the lot entitlements in the BCCM Act has attracted 274 submissions by individuals, companies and industry bodies including SCA (Qld). Senior Vice President of SCA (Qld) Alan Buckle was at the public hearing on 31 October where discussions revolved around whether to permit a retrospective change to further...
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Lot Entitlements On The Agenda Again . . .

Posted on October 1, 2012

The article by Trent Dalton in QWeekend on 4 August 2012 “High anxiety – in the case of body corporate fees, all units are not created equal” highlighted the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the lot entitlement debate.  Lot owners were doing no more than asserting their legal rights to either adjust the lot entitlements or reverse the lot entitlements. The amendments...
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Strata Insurance Claims

Posted on September 4, 2012

INSURANCE CLAIMS ARE JUST ONE LANDMINE IN THE MINEFIELD OF STRATA Insurance companies are constantly refuting claims based on improper workmanship performed on properties as well as lack of maintenance over time. Strata schemes must ensure that any work required to repair common areas is properly scoped (“fix pipe” is not a scope of works surprisingly enough), clearly defined and undertaken by...
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Pets In Units- Do You Have A Say?

Posted on August 10, 2012

Recent decisions made by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) have had a huge impact on Bodies Corporate and their current by-laws. A number of appeals to the QCAT have resulted in the tribunal overturning by-laws which had a blanket ban on cats and dogs or by-laws which are seen to be too restrictive. Subsequent to these decisions, adjudicators from this office...
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Pet Regulations & Policies Within Body Corporate

Posted on July 4, 2012

Q      I’ve heard from my neighbour that new regulations say we can’t have “No pets” by-laws. Can you tell me what the regulations say? A     There are no new regulations about “no pets” by-laws. What your neighbour may have been referring to are recent decisions made by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). A number of appeals to the QCAT...
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Safety Has Taken Another Step

Posted on June 1, 2012

Cleanliness, that thing next only to godliness our grandparents would have us believe, is now linked – our lawyers would have us believe more closely to safety. A greasy slippery step or spill on the car park floor is as unsightly as it is unsafe and a concern for our owners corporation in a litigious world. Slips and trips are the...
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National Broadband Network Cabling

Posted on May 1, 2012

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia’s first national open access broadband network for all Australians. Consisting of 93% fibre, 4% wireless and 3% satellite it delivers high-speed broadband to enable not only improved and faster internet access, but better services from all facets of government and commercial organisations. The NBN is being rolled out simultaneously in metropolitan, regional and...
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NEW WHS Laws Affected 1St Jan – Are You Safe?

Posted on April 1, 2012

The introduction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (QLD) and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (QLD) (“WHS Laws”) heralds certain changes for all commercial buildings. However, in some circumstances units, apartments, town houses and common property in residential community title schemes may be affected as well, depending on whether they can be considered a “workplace”. As...
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Posted on March 1, 2012

Cigarette smoke can be more of a nuisance for some people than others. In the recent QCAT decision the President of the Tribunal had to consider the effect of smoking on a neighbour. The QCAT decision was an appeal on a question of law from a departmental adjudication. Smoking as a nuisance The complaint was that the smoking amounted to...
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Government Relents On Asbestos Timelines

Posted on February 4, 2012

The Queensland government has released a new document (8th December 2011) that means that for some Bodies Corporate there is more time to be asbestos compliant. Although the period in which a building is not compliant carries two risks, one from litigation and the other from not meeting their obligations to the safety of workers engaged on their property. The...
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Strata Flood Insurance Update

Posted on January 1, 2012

The Catastrophic floods in Queensland, NSW and Victoria have prompted the Federal Government to take action on 2 fronts. Changes to strata title insurance policies is a possibility, due to a parliamentary investigation and introduced proposed laws. The Federal Government will investigate the affordability of residential strata insurance in a new inquiry. It will be taking submissions up until 16...
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Changes To Pool Fencing And Boundary Fencing Laws

Posted on December 8, 2011

Recently there were amendments to the Building Act 1975 (BA) relating to pool fences on common boundaries and they are enforceable from 1 November 2011. The amendments provide that all rules relating to pool fences on common boundaries are now found in the BA. The amendments also provide some new rules for pool fences on common boundaries. The changes allow pool...
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Pool Register Deadline Looms!

Posted on November 2, 2011

Although all of our Landlords now have the Pool Safety Certificate that is required to rent out their property, many Landlords may not be aware that they are also obliged to register their pool with The Department of Local Government and Planning. The deadline for registration is the 4th November so if you have not already done so you can register...
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Posted on September 30, 2011

Many Unit owners want to get the balance between personal safety and fire safety compliance right. As owners are being educated about requirements under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (QFSR) many have realised that the security screens installed on their front doors were illegal and further that chocking open their front doors was also illegal. This article is to clarify...
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Is Your Property Ready For Summer?

Posted on September 2, 2011

Prevention is much better than cure, and it is therefore important to assess any potential or existing issues at the property before they escalate. In determining if your property is ready for winter you should take into consideration the following: Gutters – One of the most common household maintenance issues is clogged gutters, which can cause leaking and water damage. Landlords...
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Important Changes For Body Corporate

Posted on August 11, 2011

Friday 1 July 2011 marked the official start date of the name change from “Community Titles Institute of Qld” to “Strata Community Australia (QLD)” along with all other states in Australia. All the states became a part of the new National institute “SCA”.  This is very exciting time in the industry and has been the culmination of 4 years of very hard work which...
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Electric Hot Water System Phase Out

Posted on June 30, 2011

Water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions from most Australian homes. To address this, various levels of government across Australia are working together to phase out inefficient and greenhouse gas-intensive electric resistance hot water systems throughout the country. Agreement to implement the phase out for existing homes has been reached by Federal, State, and Territory Governments....
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