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  • Management changes missing from strata legislation

    Colin Grace     |      February 28, 2012

    Colin Grace identifies a number of crucial management changes he believes should have been included in the 1995-96 strata legislative review, and they go to the heart of daily strata management.

  • Have your say on Strata Law reforms

    Suresh Manickam     |      February 27, 2012

    Suresh Manickam calls on the community to have their say on the Strata Laws consultation before it closes on 29 February. ”I strongly encourage everybody living and working in strata to voice their opinions on strata at the Strata Laws Online Consultation.”

  • Not seeing the (strata) wood for the trees

    Francesco Andreone     |      February 24, 2012

    Francesco Andreone looks at the steady decline in the quality of new strata developments and identifies some much needed procedural strata law reforms. ”Sometimes we don’t see what’s obvious because we’re too focused on small details and miss the bigger picture.

  • Wholesale review of community titles legislation overdue

    Phillippa Russell     |      February 23, 2012

    Lawyer Phillippa Russell says major and minor changes are required to the NSW strata legislation. She shares her list of top priorities.

    Strata legislation over the last decade has seen several changes. These changes have only really been nibbles around the edges of reform, with some changes being put in place at the instigation of minority groups with their own agenda and with almost all changes taking place without full industry consultation. 

    So a fresh approach and stakeholder participation is welcomed.

    Both major and minor changes are required to the strata legislation.  A wholesale review of the community titles legislation is now overdue.

    Some of my wish list items (not in any order of priority) are:

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    ANZAC memorials consultation

    editor     |      February 23, 2012

  • Ability to terminate strata schemes key for growth

    Chris Johnson     |      February 22, 2012

    The Strata Laws need to be changed to allow many inner and middle ring areas to go through a regeneration, just as in many suburban streets, houses are knocked down and replaced with better quality houses.

  • Support needed to encourage independent living

    Waldemar Niemotko     |      February 21, 2012

    As the Australian population ages, Waldemar Niemotko calls for strata laws that work to encourage seniors to live independently.

  • Better solutions for dispute resolution

    Kay Ransome     |      February 19, 2012

    Disputes in strata schemes can and do occur.  Chairperson of the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, Kay Ransome, wonders whether there may be a better dispute resolution model.

    It is an unfortunate fact of life that disputes in strata and community schemes can and do arise.

    The requirement in the present legislation for mediation of disputes is an important step in achieving solutions parties can work with.  For matters which do not resolve at mediation, there are currently different paths to determination depending on the type of dispute – an adjudication and a hearing before the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT).

  • Noticeboard not enough – keeping owners informed

    Natalie Fitzgerald     |      February 17, 2012

    In the communication age we currently enjoy it is important for strata laws to reflect our level of connection. Strata manager Natalie Fitzgerald calls for greater distribution of correspondence to ensure all owners are given a fair opportunity to participate in the running of their strata schemes.

    Successful strata living is created through the successful creation of a community which in turn is fostered through communication. And yet only those buildings defined to be a ‘large scheme’ – meaning they number more than 100 lots are obligated to provide minutes and agendas to all owners. With large schemes making up only approximately 0.08% of all strata schemes in NSW – that’s a lot of owner’s left potentially in the dark.

  • The aging of the bronzed Aussie bloke

    Andrew Penman     |      February 16, 2012

    The bronzed Aussie look of past decades doesn’t represent the modern Australian male in 2012, says Cancer Council NSW CEO, Dr Andrew Penman.

  • Strata Laws Online Consultation: CLOSED

    editor     |      February 15, 2012

    The New South Wales Government plans to commence a review of the State’s strata and community title laws in 2012, which may include significant amendments to the existing legislation.

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    Flood Insurance Reform consultation paper

    editor     |      February 15, 2012

    Water thumbnailThe Australian Government has released its response to the Natural Disaster Insurance Review and is proposing a series of measures responding to the Review’s recommendations.

    Under the proposal, every Australian seeking to purchase or renew home and contents insurance will be offered flood cover, using a common sense definition of ‘flood’.

    This proposal means that consumers would always have the option of flood cover available to them, regardless of which insurer they choose, and would need to make a conscious choice about whether or not to purchase flood cover.