How Your Levies Are Calculated – Victoria

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How are your levies calculated? Have you ever reviewed your budgets or general meeting material and wondered how your levies are calculated? Or similarly, have you just paid your levy without really knowing what you’ve been paying for? Here is a quick guide to assist

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Right of Entry

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Body corporate rights when entering lots When considering your rights as a lot owner and your relationship with the Body Corporate or Owners Corporation, one of the more important rights is the capacity of the BC/OC to enter your lot. There may be a number

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Incorrect Invoices Delay Payment

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Strata communities can reduce the risk of payments being delayed or becoming victims of invoice fraud by insisting service providers adhere to best business practice. SSKB’s Client Financials team processes hundreds of invoices for clients each week and occasionally our accountants will have to return

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Opposing Resolutions Without Dissent – The Final Say

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This article is reproduced with kind permission of Hynes Legal. It’s over. The longest running (and most expensive) dispute over a deck in Australia has been decided by the High Court.  There are no appeals from there so we now have the definitive statement on

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Rescinding AGM resolutions at an OGM – Victoria

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A recent FAQ from a committee member to SSKB raised an interesting question – can a resolution  from an AGM or part thereof, be rescinded by the Owners Corporation committee at a subsequent ordinary meeting? This is an important question – if a mistake is made in

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Rescinding AGM Resolutions at an OGM – Qld

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A recent FAQ from a committee member to SSKB raised an interesting question – can a resolution  from an AGM or part thereof, be rescinded by the Body Corporate committee at a subsequent ordinary meeting? This is an important question – if a mistake is

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Rescinding AGM Resolutions at an EGM – NSW

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A recent FAQ from a committee member to SSKB raised an interesting question – can a resolution from an AGM or part thereof,  be rescinded by the Owners Corporation executive committee at a subsequent general meeting? This is an important question – if a mistake

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NSW Strata Alert: New Mandatory Audit Provisions – Section 95

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This article is reproduced with the kind permission of Kelly + Partners Chartered Accountants. The Introduction of The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (The New Act) has generated significant interest within the NSW Strata Sector and other States currently undergoing strata reform. Most of the media coverage has centred

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The Gallerie Vie Variation

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By Mark Mellick Active Law Where your bodies corporate have caretaking and letting agreements in place and where those agreements are part of a financier’s security, then I expect you may have been approached by the manager for the owners to vote on what has

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Bruce Does Double Duty

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Bruce Scott is a committee member who does double duty. Not only is he Body Corporate chairman of the iconic Broadbeach building, The Wave but he’s also a committee member on another building too. Bruce doesn’t even live at The Wave but he is one

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Rent: The Survey – Victoria

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You’ve heard of the musical, now read the survey. Renting and the experiences of tenants, landlords and property managers in Victoria was the subject of a comprehensive survey earlier this year and the results were released at the end of August. The purpose of the survey

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New Dispute Resolution Laws – NSW

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New strata laws apply in New South Wales from 30 November. SSKB has reviewed these new laws and in response to enquiries from our clients, we address some of the major changes that will affect your community. If you have any further questions regarding these

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Sourcing quality trade contractors

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Does your property need some urgent repair work? Perhaps you’re looking for some long term upgrades? One of the most important things a Resident Unit Manager should consider when answering these questions is how they are going to source quality trade contractors.  The abilities of

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Facilities Management Victoria Raises The Standard

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One of the cornerstones of an effective strata community is working closely with both the committee and the strata manager is the Facility Manager. More than just a caretaker or a maintenance person, facilities management covers a comprehensive range of services including project management, defect

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Sweeping Changes To Queensland’s Smoke Alarm Laws

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Queensland strata communities are being urged to upgrade smoke detectors to comply with new state laws passed at the end of August. From 1 January, 2017 all new buildings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms of the home and

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