We’re starting a new feature – a weekly wrap up of strata news in the media:
Week ending 26 May, 2017
When strata owner Dr Anne Davis noticed rain blowing through a gap in the sliding doors of her home, she asked the owners corporation to repair them.
They refused – and what followed was a titanic four-year legal battle, with multiple experts’ reports and two tribunal hearings, to force them to maintain the complex’s common property.
CROWDS packed a Caloundra Resort to get expert advice on one of the biggest proposed shake-ups to body corporate laws which could see owners turfed from units for new developments.
The changes recommended by QUT’s independent property law review, commissioned by the State Government, could also give body corporates the power to ban pets from properties and make all areas on site, including balconies and common areas, smoke-free.
Property developers are running roughshod over owners corporations to benefit their own interests and for their own financial gain, a government law review has been told.
In some cases, developers have signed expensive contracts to extend decades and have strong armed themselves onto committees for life, one submission claims.
In a separate submission, Supreme Court justice Greg Garde — also president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal — went as far as calling the appointment of related body corporate managers under long-term contracts at excessive fees “an abuse which needs to be stopped”.