Facilities Management

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Titans of Management Rights, Steven West and Marisa Millane have joined forced to create a Management Rights training institute: Ottro Management Rights Academy. Set up with the goal of providing entrants with the skillset necessary to flourish within Queensland’s highly unique management rights industry. It’s a bold, ground-breaking, and much needed venture to help upskill those who seek to work within this vibrant and exciting industry. Watch the introduction video to find out more or go to ottro.com.au . Enrol today!Read More →

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Who is responsible for maintenance in a body corporate scheme Living in a body corporate scheme comes with a host of benefits, including access to various amenities and facilities as well as sharing the burden of cost in relation to repairs and maintenance of the buildings and common property. In some cases, the body corporate is responsible for maintaining the asset or common property but in other cases, the responsibility can fall back onto the lot owner. In this article we cover who is responsible for maintenance in a body corporate scheme, shedding light on the roles of individual owners and the body corporate in maintainingRead More →

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Pool fences and safety laws Pool owners must have a pool safety certificate issued by a licensed pool safety inspector. A copy of the certificate should be included with the tenancy agreement. If a certificate has not been obtained the tenant may consider it a breach of the property owner’s duty to comply with all health and safety laws. The condition of the pool should be noted in the Entry condition report (Form 1a). All temporary pools and spas (which can be filled with water to a depth of 300mm) must also comply with the pool safety laws and may require fencing requirements. Tenants should obtain permissionRead More →

Minimum housing standards come into effect from 1 September 2023 and the RTA has published a suite of resources to support customers with these changes. As of 1 September 2023, if a new residential tenancy agreement is being signed or renewed in Queensland, the rental property must meet minimum housing standards. From 1 September 2024, minimum housing standards will apply to all rentals in Queensland. This means periodic tenancies and any fixed-term agreements that have not been renewed since 1 September 2023 will have to meet minimum housing standards. The RTA has published a suite of resources to support tenants, residents, property managers and owners,Read More →

Does that bulletin title put the shivers up your spine or what ! The statement is mostly delivered with a feeling of foreboding by someone you love, fear, admire, respect…… whatever. When I hear it from the managing director, I assume a dire transgression and very very unpleasant consequences, even when I can’t recall doing anything wrong. My brain moves immediately to a state of terrified guilt from which I have no chance of countering the discussion to come. And that’s a shame because we really do need to talk. In this age of digital communication, I reckon we’ve lost the ancient art of effectiveRead More →

Smoking and vaping have long been contentious issues within the realm of body corporates, often causing frustration among residents and committees alike. The battle to strike a balance between the rights of smokers and non-smokers has persisted for years, as both groups seek to coexist harmoniously within shared living spaces.   While smokers argue for their right to indulge in their own properties, non-smokers advocate for a smoke-free environment where they can breathe freely. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on the key rules and regulations that clarify where smoking and vaping are allowed within a body corporate.   By understanding these guidelines, weRead More →

During a recent Q&A session with Strata Operations Manager Matthew Savage, we shared valuable insights regarding the roles and responsibilities of lot owners and body corporates concerning landscaping in strata properties.   This article aims to provide clear guidance on this matter using the example of Bridgeman Greens, a building format plan of subdivision.   If you have any questions regarding body corporate, you can submit them here.   About Bridgeman Greens Bridgeman Greens is a small, residential subdivision located in the prestigious Brisbane suburb of Bridgeman Downs.   This complex is a standard building format plan, meaning lot owners are granted exclusive use rights over their individual backyards orRead More →

Parking in a body corporate Parking issues can cause a lot of conflict within a body corporate. From parking in visitor spots to parking in someone else’s assigned spot, parking-related disputes are common.   As a resident within a body corporate, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities regarding parking. In this article, we’ll discuss the common issues that arise when it comes to parking in body corporate schemes and how you can resolve them. The regulation of parking on common property or in visitor spots falls under the jurisdiction of a body corporate. Owners and occupiers are allowed to park on common property asRead More →

New rules around minimum housing standards will come into effect for new tenancies on 1 September 2023 and for all tenancies 1 September 2024. Minimum housing standards aim to ensure rental properties are safe, secure and functional and provide tenants, residents, property managers and owners with greater clarity around their maintenance obligations for rental properties. Minimum housing standards will apply to all types of tenancy arrangements, including general tenancies, rooming accommodation and moveable dwellings. Learn more about minimum housing standards, including frequently asked questions, on the RTA’s updated rental law changes webpage. More information and resources will be made available on this page in the nearRead More →

The Holden Monaro is considered, among a certain demographic of the population, an icon of Australian motoring. Indeed, when we actually made things like cars the modern version produced between 2001 and 2005 sold in vast numbers to petrol heads, mums and dads and collectors alike. Man, I loved that car when it was launched but alas, as a poor long-suffering PAYG slave I could not afford one. So, I’d spend time in Holden showrooms just looking at the thing and dreaming of the day………. It will come as no surprise that as a Toowoomba girl the managing director also had a soft spot forRead More →