Laws & Regulations

Changing Strata Management Companies – “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”

Article contributed by Tom Bacon, Principal Lawyer at Strata Title Lawyers   When most of us enter into personal relationships, there is a fairly evenly-distributed balance of power and autonomy, at least to start with. And when we do enter into these relationships, we expect them to last long-term. We also realise that when relationships […]

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Creation of Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) to Address Strata Building Defects

Article contributed by James Collier, Partner and Gerard Nymyer, Senior Associate – Moray & Agnew Lawyers   Owners Corporation Managers of residential unit developments need to be aware of these changes as they apply to disputes between owners (including owners of apartments in buildings of any size and owners corporations in relation to disputes concerning common property) […]

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Owners Corporation Law, March 2017 – Overview of Melbourne’s Apartment Market

Article contributed by Tom Bacon, Principal Lawyer at Strata Title Lawyers   There is no denying that Melburnians are fascinated by high-rise strata living, as evidenced by the large number of multi-storey high rise developments that continue to be marketed, built and sold “off the plan” in and around the city.   As compared with […]

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Owners Corporation Law – Proposal for Differential OC Charging

Article contributed by Tom Bacon, Principal Lawyer at Strata Title Lawyers   As part of its review into consumer property law legislation including the Owners Corporation Act, Consumer Affairs Victoria is currently considering a number of different options for reform. One of the many options on the table that hasn’t had a great deal of […]

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Owners Corporations Cannot Prohibit Use of Short Term Letting of Apartments

Article contributed by Bronwyn Weir & Annette Eastman, Maddocks    In July 2016, The Supreme Court of Victoria handed down an important decision in Owners Corporation PS 501391P v Balcombe [2016] VSC 384 (Balcombe case) regarding whether an Owners Corporation had the power to make a rule prohibiting short term letting of apartments. The Court held that […]

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Consumer Affairs Victoria: Conduct and Quality of Owners Corporation Managers

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop on the ‘new OC Act’, or rather proposed amendments to the current Owners Corporation Act 2006 (Vic). Kerri-Anne Millard and Patrick L’Estrange from Consumer Affairs Victoria were presenting some of the key findings from the recent Consumer Property Law Review. Below is summary of key themes arising from […]

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Taxation Ruling Tr 2015/3 – Matters Relating To Strata Title Bodies

Article contributed by Peter Dawkins, Partner at Kelly + Partners Chartered Accountants   On Wednesday 25 November 2015, The Australian Taxation Office issued Taxation Ruling TR 2015/3 which finalised Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2015/D1 (issued 27 March, 2015). As noted in our summary of Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2015/D1 circulated in June 2015, previous Taxation Ruling […]

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Update: Regulating Short Stay Accommodation

Article contributed by Anton Block, Partner at Kliger Partners   Short stay accommodation is a growing worldwide phenomenon.To date owners corporations have largely been unable to manage the use of lots within their owners corporations relating to short stay accommodation. This is an issue of substantial concern when the behaviour of the short stay occupants […]

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What Is The GST Threshold For Body Corporates / Owners Corporations?

The Australia Taxation Office has issued this statement in relation to GST as applicable to Body Corporates / Owners Corporations:   A body corporate (now known as an owners corporation in Victoria) is a group of individual owners responsible for maintaining and administering property held in common – for example, a block of strata titled […]

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Sealing The Terms On The New Contract of Appointment – Owners Corporation Manager

Article contributed by Richelle Berman, R Berman Lawyers Strata Community Australia has released a revised (Version 4- April 2016) Contract of Appointment Owners Corporation Manager Agreement. Here is a brief summary of the main changes:- The initial term of appointment (at the Inaugural General Meeting) can not be for a period of more than 3 […]

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