Access to Body Corporate Records: Deny it at Your Peril

Access to Body Corporate Records: Deny it at Your Peril

Access to body corporate records under s. 205 of the BCCM Act.  A major development and a victory for owners! Much has been written about this topic and there have been many Adjudications,  generally prompted by a seemingly never-ending supply of devious arguments and fanciful inventions by body corporate committees and body corporate managers to…
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Some Bodies Corporate Do Not Need to Collect GST

Some Bodies Corporate Do Not Need to Collect GST

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 Since 1 July 2000, we have all become used to paying tax as part of making payments for most of the goods and services that we purchase.  The services provided by Bodies Corporate to their members and others are no different.  In the words of…
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Managing Email Fees of Your Body Corporate Manager

Managing Email Fees of Your Body Corporate Manager

E-Mails are a fact of everyday life. How many of us can recall what it was like (and surely it was not that long ago?) when most body corporate business was conducted with ‘snail mail’ (which somehow is getting even slower!), or telephones (land lines!), or for the really tech savvy, faxes? Nowadays, e-mails are…
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Can Voting Papers separate the motion from the voting?

Can Voting Papers separate the motion from the voting?

UOAQ has been alerted to a practice where general meeting papers (for either an annual general meeting or an extraordinary general meeting) contain two sets of ‘voting papers’: One set, headed Voting Papers, includes the motions in full together with the explanatory notes etc but with no boxes for voting YES NO    Clearly, owners…
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Bundling Motions for General Meetings

Bundling Motions for General Meetings

2.7: TWO INTO ONE WON’T GO Separate Matters Require Separate Motions Many unit owners would be familiar with the statutory motions which must be included in the agenda for each AGM, e.g. body corporate accounts, audits, auditors, annual budgets, levies etc. One of the required statutory motions is a motion to review each insurance policy…
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Who Manages Strata Managers?

Who Manages Strata Managers?

Q: Is there a problem that needs fixing?   A: Many suspect so, but no one really knows for sure. There is an abundance of anecdotal information, supported by formal evidence like reported Adjudications, which informs us that there are many owners, and even strata professionals, who are concerned about the professional conduct of some Body…
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