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If you are looking to start renting out your property on Airbnb (or other similar platform) there are a few things to consider – namely whether or not you are actually entitled to set up a short term rental. As we have discussed in previous posts, the Council regulates short term rentals quite strictly and it is often not as simple of a process to organise as you might think. Have a look here to read an overview of the by-laws and regulations that surround short term rentals on the Gold Coast. WHAT IS THE COUNCIL APPROVALS PROCESS? In the… Continue Reading

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  As the population ages and housing trends shift towards higher density living in community titles schemes, we are seeing issues arise regarding accessibility to and around schemes. Many older buildings will not comply (and are not required to comply) with current disability access standards for new buildings.

Other Changes

On 1 March 2021, the new Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation comes into force. The new regulation clarifies and adds provisions to the existing regulation to provide for more flexible and contemporary arrangements within body corporates. The changes are split into three categories – Committees, General Meetings, and Other. In this article, being the third of a three part series, the others changes to the module are explained.  

General Meetings

On 1 March 2021, the new Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation comes into force. The new regulation clarifies and adds provisions to the existing regulation to provide for more flexible and contemporary arrangements within body corporates. The changes are split into three categories – Committees, General Meetings, and Other. In this article, being the second of a three part series, the changes being made to general meetings are explained.

Committees

On 1 March 2021, the new Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation comes into force. The new regulation clarifies and adds provisions to the existing regulation to provide for more flexible and contemporary arrangements within body corporates. The changes are split into three categories – Committees, General Meetings, and Other. In this article, the changes being made to committees are explained.

The Queensland Government has now enacted the Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (referred to in this update as the “Regulations“), which was expected to legislate for the State of Queensland the National Cabinet’s ‘Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19’ (referred to in this update as the “National Cabinet Code“).

With media reporting that the alleged cost of the rectification of the infamous Sydney Mascot Towers could exceed $50 million, it is timely to look at the current law relating to building defects in a body corporate context. Defects in the common property (i.e. in essence, anything other than the inside of individual apartments – for more information, see our recent article regarding how to read your scheme’s survey plan) should be of concern to owners in community titles schemes, particularly in relation to new buildings. Broadly speaking, the body corporate is responsible for maintaining the common property.

AirBnB and Body Corporate Schemes in Queensland

The rights of a body corporate to enact by-laws which restrict owners’ ability to use platforms like Airbnb have been once again the subject of recent litigation. The outcomes of these cases provide important lessons for those looking to use these online platforms. Can a Body Corporate stop a property owner from renting their unit through Airbnb? The position in Queensland is generally considered to be clear in that, for schemes regulated by the Body Corporate and Community Management Act, the Act provides that if a lot may lawfully be used for residential purposes, the by-laws cannot restrict the type… Continue Reading

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