5th Feb 2019

Melbourne Apartment Fire Reminds Owners Corporations That Inaction Is Not An Option As the fall-out continues to the latest Melbourne apartment building fire, the inaction and finger-pointing that has plagued the work of the Victorian Government’s Cladding Taskforce has been highlighted once again. Former Victorian premier and co-chairperson of the Cladding Taskforce, Ted Baillieu, revealed that the Spencer St building which caught fire on the morning of February 4, 2019, had been issued ...

3rd Feb 2019

Grenfell Cladding Suspected In Latest Melbourne Apartment Fire [caption id="attachment_1527" align="alignright" width="525"] Photo: Andrew Henshaw (Herald Sun)[/caption] Melbourne apartment owners can expect further scrutiny around the building materials used on their building after a Spencer St building caught fire in the CBD on February 4, 2019. It is suspected the building is covered in the same cladding materials used on the Grenfell Tower in London. The 40-storey building on Spencer St, Melbourne, caught fire ...

17th Jan 2019

VCAT Offers Validation For Subtle Short-Stay ControlsA recent VCAT decision confirmed that Owners Corporations in Melbourne do not have the authority to implement a blanket ban on short-stay leasing within their buildings.However, it did offer validation for some other methods an Owners Corporation can use to have greater control over short-stay tenancies.The case centred around a building named The Imperial in Doncaster, where the Owners Corporation passed a rule seeking to ban short-stay ...

15th Jan 2019

VCAT Smashes Owners Corporation’s Short Stay LawsMelbourne Owners Corporations were issued another reminder by VCAT that they cannot impose bans on short-stay apartments within the buildings they manage.An Owners Corporation in Doncaster was taken to VCAT by an apartment owner from within the building, alleging that the Owners Corporation had gone as far as cancelling access devices to the common property to try and stop him for using short-stay platforms such as Airbnb.The ...

8th Jan 2019

VCAT Decisions Reminds Owners Corporations in Melbourne of Need to Act Reasonably when considering owners with disabilities. Melbourne Owners Corporations were served a stark reminder of their duties to members with disabilities last month following another landmark decision from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Two Owners Corporations responsible for maintaining an apartment complex in Travancore were ordered to pay a 76-year-old woman with physical disabilities $10,000 and install automated doors and ramps ...

22nd Nov 2018

New Owners Corporation Regulations Introduce New Model Rules For Melbourne Body CorporatesThe Owners Corporations Regulations 2018 will come into effect on 2 December 2018, meaning additional regulations will be in place to complement the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006.The new regulations are headlined by changes to the Modern Rules, rules which govern all Owners Corporations as standard, as well as changes to maintenance plans which help to further define the “major capital items” ...

26th Sep 2018

Cladding Rectification Agreements for Melbourne Owners CorporationsProperty owners continue to face a nervous wait as they desperately await further news on the Victorian government’s plans to help Owners Corporations deal with illegal cladding on their buildings.However, a new analysis of the proposed Cladding Rectification Agreements (CRA) currently being considered by the Victorian parliament has been shared offering greater insight into how such agreements would work.In July, Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne introduced new ...

23rd Sep 2018

Could Victoria's New Rental Laws Increase VCAT Disputes?Victoria’s new rental laws look set to be put to the test with The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal expecting a flood of new disputes as a result of the reforms, according to one former tribunal member.Having sat on VCAT for 15 years, former member William Holloway knows all about the long wait times for disputes to be heard and addressed at the tribunal and said ...

11th Sep 2018

Pet Rules Now Tougher To Enforce For Melbourne Owners CorporationsLast week (September 7, 2018) the Victorian parliament passed new laws which hope to afford tenants greater security and protection which further erode the power of Owners Corporations to enforce no-pet rules at their properties.As a result of the new laws, Victorian renters will be the best protected in the country.With more than one in four Victorians renting their home, the state government promised ...

14th Aug 2018

New Strata Laws For Airbnb - But Are They More Trouble Than They Are Worth For Melbourne Owners Corporations?New laws giving the Victorian Civil and Administrative tribunal greater powers to deal with troublesome short-term leases passed Victorian parliament last week.However, the new laws stop well short of giving Owners Corporations the power to regulate whether or not short-term leases, such as those organised through platforms like Airbnb or Stayz, are permissible in their buildings.Property ...

1st Aug 2018

Strata Plan invited to join expert Owners Corporation management panel Strata Plan was recently hand-picked by some of the industry’s largest and influential firms and to become part of an Australian panel to look at innovative solutions for the industry. As one of nine companies from across Australia, the panel represented over 25% of all strata schemes across the country, approx. 78,000 buildings and 640,000 lots. (A recent study conducted by the City ...

27th Jul 2018

New laws for low-rate "Cladding Rectification" loans to be considered by Victorian parliament Owners Corporations could soon have access to low-interest loans for the removal of flammable cladding on their buildings. New laws were introduced to the state parliament on Thursday by Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne, which will allow for the creation of Cladding Rectification Agreements between building owners, local councils and lenders. The laws would allow lenders to offer low-rate loans ...

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