October 2018 – When a body corporate does not have an ABN

A property manager of one of our clients queried the format of the levy notice that we issue on behalf of a body corporate that we manage.  They suggested that they might have to withold tax because the body corporate did not have an Australian Business Number (ABN). The body corporate is a small scheme that […]

June 2018 – Another satisfied client converts to the two-lot regulation

The BCCM Commissioner recently advised that there are now in excess of 43 thousand community titles schemes in Queensland.  Only 1.5% of these schemes are registered under the two-lot module, yet about 50% of the 43 thousand schemes consist of only two lots.  Since the two lot regulation has only existed since February 2012, it is likely […]

May 2018 – Water charges and GST

This month, we helped a body corporate that came unstuck with GST after they took on the responsibility for charging lot owners for water usage.  The body corporate was registered for GST.  The reason for taking on the responsibility was so that a fairer allocation of the charges could be made to lot owners based on sub […]

Improvements to common property in a town house scheme

Recently, in a body corporate that we manage, a lot owner installed solar panels on the roof above his townhouse without approval.  Whilst he was totally unaware that permission was needed to make improvements to common property, it is not always easy to work out what is common property in a town house scheme. You must […]

Counting of votes for special resolution

We recently convened an AGM that highlighted the skill and knowledge needed to ensure the votes in a special resolution were correctly considered.  Some decorative lights at the entrance to the property had failed.  The repair cost was outrageous and the committee decided to disconnect and not reconnect them.  Approval was sought and given by the electrical designers […]

Committee and owners meetings

We helped a Body Corporate this month that had got a bit confused.  They were in the habit of holding a Committee and owners meeting.  At the meeting, there were lot owners present who were not on the Committee.  Their meetings were informal, and at past meetings there had been general consensus from all attending in relation to […]

Lots in arrears for significant amounts of time

There has been a lot of chatter about the recent District Court of Queensland decision (BC for Mount Saint John Industrial Park CTS v Superior Stairs & Joinery Pty Ltd [2017] QDC 245).  There is a clause (S145) in the Body Corporate standard module regulations that states – If the amount of a contribution or contribution […]

Major lot expense impacting subset of lots

In April, we helped a scheme of townhouses where the lots were defined by Standard format (pegs in the ground) and not Building Format.  Four of the seven townhouses required major structural repairs that were all related due to a structural steel frame that extended across all four lots that formed a garage for each lot.  The […]

Insurance valuation

Cost conscious Committees may sometimes believe an insurance valuation is unnecessary or they believe their insurer is providing this valuation. The requirement under the Act states an independent insurance valuation must be undertaken once every five years. Insurance companies and insurance brokers could be considered independent, but these organisations do not furnish a Body Corporate […]

When Body Corporate lots are all owned by a single person

This month we are working for a new client who until recently owned all the lots in a Body Corporate.  The client was not the original owner of the property and the property was at least fifteen years old.  In these situations, the existance of the Body Corporate is often ignored and the sole owner manages the […]