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Dispute Resolution – QLD

Dispute Resolution - QLD

When living in a Body Corporate, disputes can occasionally occur. How the issue is approached and resolved is crucial to the relationships between the parties going forward. A badly handled dispute can lead to a breakdown of communication between key parties of a Body Corporate, such as between a resident and a committee member.

In Queensland the majority of schemes are registered under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCMA) and Modules, along with their own individual Community Management. The BCCMA allows for disputes to be resolved according to the steps outlined in the legislation, where a dispute is between:

  • Two owners of lots included in the scheme
  • The Body Corporate and an owner or occupier of a lot in the scheme
  • A Body Corporate and a caretaking service contractor
  • A Body Corporate and a service contractor where the dispute concerns a review of the service contract under the statutory review provisions contained in the Body Corporate and Community Management Act
  • A Body Corporate and it’s letting agent
  • A Body Corporate and a committee member
  • The committee of the Body Corporate and a Committee Member

How to handle a dispute before they escalate:

Be calm and polite
Whether you are communicating via verbal or written communication you should always ensure you are calm and polite.

If the community or your Community Manager becomes involved, you are more likely to achieve your desired outcome if you have approached your concerns in a non-confrontational way.

Document your dispute
If you have approached your issue in a calm and friendly manner and the issue continues to persist, you should start to document what has been said and done.

This will assist you in the case that the dispute continues to escalate.

Who should you escalate your concerns to?

If you are an owner in a Strata property, you can contact your Building Manager if appropriate, or contact the Community Manager of your building with any concerns or disputes that are occurring. If your building does not employ a Community Manager, you should raise any concerns with your Committee.  

One of the roles of a Committee is to enforce the by-laws and with assistance from an experienced Community Manager they will be able to assist you in resolving your matter.

At SSKB we promote positive communities and can assist with any dispute resolutions that may occur in your community. To make the switch to SSKB, click here for a confidential discussion.

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Iain Pears On August 22, 2019 | Reply

To whom it may concern,
I am writing this letter to ask for permission to park a trailer in a parking space in my apartment building at Sage Apartments, 31 Bourton Road.
I am a qualified carpenter and I currently own a Ute. As a carpenter contracting to a construction company, I am required to supply my own tools and gear to perform the work required to a certain standard. I have currently got a large number of tools and the space in my Ute is becoming less and less as I still need to purchase more tools to do my job.
As a carpenter there will also be times when I will need to transport lengths of timber and other large materials when required. To be able to do so I need a trailer to transport this safely on the roads.
I have spoken with John; the property manager of Sage Apartments and he understands my situation and has told me to contact you guys for further assistance. I would be extremely appreciative of your time reading this letter and taking the time to consider this. It would make a big difference to my day to day life in my full-time job.
Thanks again and kind regards, Iain Pears
2207/31 Bourton Road Merrimac
QLD 4226

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