August 2018 – Home office and body corporate insurance

Committees are often concerned about the impact of a lot occupier’s home office in a residential complex.  There are relevant BCCM adjudications that have upheld the use of a home office providing all by-laws are being respected (such as not causing a nuisance).  Different councils have different rules about whether approval of the office is required.  Generally, councils […]

July 2018 – Bank transaction fees

Banks generally do not charge a transaction fee when depositing money into a bank account by cheque or by cash at a branch of the bank.  In our case, we use Macquarie bank and the DEFT system for our fully managed and bookkeeper clients.  Macquarie bank does not have their own branch network and uses the Australia […]

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 […]

April 2018 – 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 […]

March 2018 – 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 […]

February 2018 – 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 […]

Exit fees charged by Body Corporate Managers

This month we took on a new do-it-yourself client who had been using a Body Corporate Manager.  Their principal reason for moving away from the Body Corporate Manager was the significant exit fee stated in their proposed new contract.  The Committee would have happily signed the new contract provided the exit fee clause was struck out.  The Body […]

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 […]