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Welcome to our May newsletter!

We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us at Premium Strata. Florence Yang will be joining our team on May 28 as our new Financial Controller. Florence has many years’ experience and we can't wait for her to join us. Also keep an eye out for our new website, complete with our fresh take on current issues in the strata industry.

We hope you will enjoy this month's articles.

Leanne Habib, CEO
Inger Brettle, COO


What is new at Premium Strata?

Facebook Live Q&A Coming Soon!

Starting soon, Premium Strata will be running a regular live Q&A session over at our Facebook page, hosted by CEO Leanne Habib. For your opportunity to ask a live question, like our page for updates.


Q&A: Exclusive use of common property. No access! Really…..?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Before I owned my apartment, another lot owner was given exclusive use of common property. The area is quite large and I’m perturbed I no longer have access. Is there anything I can do?

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Q&A: Should a Free Strata Report be available at inspection?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: When inspecting a strata unit, should a free strata report be available for prospective purchasers? What documentation should the agent have available?

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Q&A: Protocol for having automatic garage door openers installed

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: What is the protocol for a lot owner to have automatic garage door openers installed to an existing garage door in a Strata Complex? We all have our own individual garages; however I am curious to know if there is any protocol in having such a device installed.

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Q&A: Strata Manager Complaints and Unprofessional Advice

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We got several pieces of advice and recommendations from our Strata Manager – some of which are very unprofessional, not applicable or totally ignoring previous recommendations given. Where can I make strata manager complaints?

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Latest News

Warning, Approach the Supreme Court at Your Peril!

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

The Supreme Court recently ordered a lot owner who succeeded in litigation against an owners corporation to pay the owners corporation’s legal costs. This is one of the first times a litigant has been punished by an adverse costs order for approaching the Supreme Court for relief which could have been given by NCAT.

NSW Land and Environment Court makes Important Findings Relating to Strata Renewal Proceedings

Maysaa Parrino & Nick Ikners, Project Lawyers

Project Lawyers successfully obtained orders from the Court requiring a respondent (dissenting lot owner) in strata renewal proceedings to prepare and serve evidence of the respondent’s compensation claim, with the Court finding that it was a fundamental requirement for an applicant to know the respondent’s position on compensation early in the proceedings. 

Home Building Amendment (Cladding) Regulation 2018

NSW Legislation Update

The NSW Government has released the Home Building Amendment (Cladding) Regulation 2018. If the external cladding of a building is found (or likely) to cause a fire threat to the building & its occupants, this defect is regarded as a major defect in residential building work and the extended warranty period under the Home Building Act 1989 applies. Under the new Regulation, it will no longer be necessary to establish that the cladding concerned is a major element of the building. The full legislation can be viewed at the above link.


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Disclaimer: The content of this newsletter is intended as a guide only and cannot be relied upon for legal advice. Readers should make and rely on their own enquires regarding all aspects of all material. Premium Strata disclaims any liability for negligence or otherwise in anyway connected with this newsletter.

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