October 2017 – Tenant keys

The rental agency of a lot in a Building Format scheme that we manage came to us requesting that we provision a key for the unit that they are managing as the tenant needed an additional key.  BCCM adjudications have been clear (http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/qld/QBCCMCmr/2000/71.html) that the body corporate is liable for the maintenance of locks and the […]

September 2017 – Why was this two lot Body Corporate created?

We attended a seminar the other day where there was an in-depth discussion about survey plans and the way Body Corporate schemes come to be created. We came away with an understanding of why we often come across schemes with only two lots where it would been much simpler for the lot owners if the […]

August 2017 – Not Enough Committee Members

As we were preparing AGM documentation for one of our Bodies Corporate, it became apparent the Body Corporate would not have the minimum of three committee members required under the Standard Module Regulation.  As the scheme had only five lots, we were able to recommend that they change regulation to the Small Schemes Module, under which […]

July 2017 – Egged

Recently, a client in a building format plan found her townhouse egged.  Missiles had also been directed towards a neighbouring townhouse in the Body Corporate.  Her townhouse is surrounded by an exclusive use allocation, apart from an adjoining wall to another townhouse in the Body Corporate.  This messy event led the impacted lot owners and the Committee to […]

June 2017 – Schemes with mixed survey plan formats

We uncovered a tangled web this month.  A scheme of townhouses had been developed over an extended period of time.  The scheme has a private road and for all intensive purposes all the townhouses seemed similar with no lot fencing but with landscaped grounds surrounding each building on the scheme land.  The scheme was not a layered scheme. […]

May 2017 – Unfair Body Corporate contracts

Good news!  Remember our post from a while back that looked at the indemnify clauses that some Body Corporate Managers insert in their contracts.  These clauses are akin to a get out of jail free card for the professional advice that a Body Corporate Manager exercises when administering your scheme.  Well, the Federal government has been listening. Since […]

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 […]

Fire

Sadly, this month we had to deal with a devastating event when a lot in one of the Bodies Corporate that we manage burnt down. Fortunately, functioning smoke alarms alerted the occupiers to danger and the family exited quickly and safely, immediately calling the fire brigade. The family was shocked at how quickly the fire […]

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 […]