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    More and more new housing estates are set up as community, precinct or neighbourhood associations.The large developments in Sydney’s outer suburbs spring to mind. They typically offer a mix of strata titled apartment buildings, townhouses and shopping centres with shared promenades and parklands. A great recent example is Breakfast Point in Sydney. The developers of these locations typic...
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    A building encroaching on a neighbouring plot of land Let me start by explaining what an encroachment is: An encroachment occurs when part of a building on a certain block of land intrudes another parcel of land next to it. The NSW Encroachment of Buildings Act (1922) stipulates that “Encroachment” means “encroachment by a building and includes encroachment by overhang of any part as well as e...
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    You may have heard of the following terms mentioned in your regular strata related dealings: Strata Schemes, Strata Plan and Strata Title. You probably understand that these are all related, but how exactly, that remains a bit of a mystery. In this article we will try and demystify this terminology for you. Continue reading here......
    Inger Brettle
    What is a Strata Search or Inspection Report? A Strata Title, or Strata Plan Search can be described as a thorough investigation of the records including minutes of meetings and the financial records of a particular Strata Scheme. It is also known as an Owners Corporation Records Inspection or Section 108 search. The Section 108 refers to the relevant section of the NSW Strata Schemes Manag...
    Inger Brettle
    You may have heard of the following terms mentioned in your regular strata related dealings: Strata Schemes, Strata Plan and Strata Title. You may even understand that somehow they are all related, but how exactly, that remains a bit of a mystery. In this article we will try and demystify this terminology for you. What is Strata Title? Strata Title is a type of ownership structure established for ...
    Inger Brettle
    You may be aware that the NSW Government is proposing sweeping changes to the existing Strata Laws. The State Government has now released a so-called position-paper in which they outline their proposed changes. This law reform is aimed at protecting residents and at the same time simplify certain processes. This becomes increasingly important in NSW where over 25% of the people live or work in str...
    Inger Brettle
    It is easy to get confused with all the jargon flying around! Let us try and explain the difference between a Strata Manager, a Building Manager/Caretaker and a Property Manager. A licensed Strata Manager is a licensed professional who manages the day-to-day affairs for a strata titled or community titled scheme or building. They ensure the scheme is properly managed for the enjoyment of all lot o...
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    Inger Brettle
    A building encroaching on a neighbouring plot of land Let me start by explaining what an encroachment is: An encroachment occurs when part of a building on a certain block of land intrudes another parcel of land next to it. The NSW Encroachment of Buildings Act (1922) stipulates that “Encroachment” means “encroachment by a building and includes encroachment by overhang of any part as well as en...
    Inger Brettle
    The State Government has released draft regulations to the Home Building Amendment Act 2014 which provide for the Act to take effect on 1 December 2014. A final start date has not yet been confirmed, pending a review of submissions to the Government by a number of organisations. If you live in a Strata Building with possible defects it is important that you read the full article, which you can fi...
    Inger Brettle
    A $500 Westfield voucher is yours when you refer a friend to Premium Strata's Diamond Class Strata Management Service.(Voucher is provided upon referred friend successfully signing up to a 12 month contract. One voucher per individual property referred)...
    Inger Brettle
    What to do about anti-social neighbours? When they are tenants you would normally contact their rental agency and demonstrate they are in breach of their lease terms. But what if their parents own the property and there is no lease?Strata laws differ from state to state, and by-laws (or rules) from scheme to scheme, but some basics are pretty much universal. One is that residents are not allowed ...
    Inger Brettle
    There is a legislative requirement on owners corporations to renew building insurances in accordance with the most recent building valuation received. In addition, committees must request updated insurance valuations at least once every 5 years. If owners decide to ignore these requirements they could leave themselves and others seriously exposed...
    Inger Brettle
    On 18 June, the High Court in Canberra heard a final appeal regarding a Building Defects claim between builder Brookfield and the owners of a NSW Strata Plan, being only the second matter involving an owners corporation which has ever been heard before the High Court. Our partners at Grace Lawyers, authors of this text, are acting on behalf of the owners.Before you think "legal speak - boring!" ba...
    Inger Brettle
    The recently changed Home Building Act introduces the term 'Major Defect' which replaces 'Structural Defect' in statutory warranty claims.To be categorised as a 'Major Defect' a claim must meet a number of criteria each of which emphasize that it must be significant and structural in nature (think defective design, faulty work etc) and must likely cause a safety threat to the people living there.T...
    Inger Brettle
    Look out for the June edition of the Smart Property Investment magazine. Our very own Inger Brettle is quoted in an article titled ’10 Tips for Strata Buying Success’ (p.32)! See attached copy, or http://www.spionline.com.au   See original Blog post here! ...