Tag Archive: owners corporation

When can strata levies be charged (Western Australia)?

Posted on October 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments
What must happen before a levy is raised? The Strata Titles Act (WA) says that the strata corporation has to pass (at a General Meeting) the amounts and due dates of levies before they can be charged to owners. If the levy has not been passed at a general meeting, the strata corporation is not permitted to raise any levies past the last date of approval at a general meeting. Levies are only due and...

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Buying Strata? Top 7 questions to ask

Posted on October 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments
It’s important that you do your homework when you buy a strata titled property, or you could find yourself paying a lot more than you bargained for. Alternatively, you could find yourself allowed to DO a lot less than you bargained for! Whether it’s pet ownership, levies or the use of common areas, there can be plenty of room for conflict. Knowing upfront how it works and the ‘personality’ of the body corporate can save...

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Can Owners Corporations set limits on the number of tenants?

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
A landlord who wants to have five people living in his two bedroom flat has been blocked by his neighbours who have limited occupancy to two adults per bedroom. “I want to rent out the spare room and have placed two bunk beds in the room,” says Bearforce1 on the Flat Chat forum. “However, the building has passed a by-law imposing a two person per room limit on residents over 18. He has a two-bedroom,...

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Does the Judiciary Look After Its Own?

Posted on September 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments
OPINION by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Solicitor Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Bronwyn Brown, wife of a Federal Magistrate, contracted to purchase an apartment in Stage 2 of a luxury river-front development.   Before Bronwyn signed this off-the-plan contract, developer Tenncorp Pty Ltd delivered a comprehensive Disclosure Statement pursuant to Section 213 of Queensland’s Body Corporate and Community Management Act. Among many things this Statement included a list of equipment and furnishings – ranging from pool cleaning...

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Conveyancing Consumer Alert: Art Deco Disappointment

Posted on June 20, 2011 by | 0 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   This story does not end, as many do, in a court case.  But it begins, as many do, with a property advertised for sale: “Charmingly preserved Art Deco features abound in this ground floor cavity brick apartment.  Ornate plaster ceilings and cornices, wide skirting boards and architraves, polished timber floors all lovingly presented.Two bedrooms – one with access to the study, a large, light, eat-in kitchen and,...

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