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Welcome to the first edition of our new monthly newsletter

Welcome to Tower Body Corporate Administration’s first newsletter. This complimentary newsletter forms part of the comprehensive service provided to our body corporate clients. This newsletter is designed to help you protect your investment by keeping you informed and up to date with important changes in the Strata Industry.

In this edition we look at body corporate water and rates, how to correctly handle an out of order motion at a General Meeting, body corporate by laws and information on how to join a body corporate committee.

Thank you for reading. We hope you enjoy this service and keep an eye out for subsequent editions in months to come.

Do you have any suggestions about content? We would love to hear from you.

Kind Regards
The Team at Tower Body Corporate Administration

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Body Corporate Water and Rates

Lisa Rutland,

As with many things body corporate water rates are complicated. Whether your water bill comes from the Council or the body corporate will be determined by whether or not a water meter is installed. 
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Bodies corporate need to take care drafting by-laws

Ingrid Rosemann, BCCM

Many bodies corporate have a by-law stating that a lot cannot be used for non-residential purposes or that an occupier cannot conduct a business in a lot. Sometimes, the by-law will specifically exclude the lot of the caretaker or authorised letting agent from the application of this restriction. There may be questions about whether a by-law of this nature will be valid or how the by-law should be interpreted and applied.
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What happens if a general meeting motion is out of order?

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

This article discusses the best way to deal with out of order motions.
When do they occur, what role does the chairman play and how should out of order motions be handled correctly? 
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BCCM Office

This Factsheet explains the purpose of by-laws and how they can be enforced under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (the BCCM Act).
By-laws are a set of rules for a community titles scheme that regulate a variety of matters including the keeping of animals, noise and parking on common property. The BCCM Act allows bodies corporate to either adopt standard by-laws set out in the BCCM Act, or to make rules that best
suit individual circumstances.
Read more.....

Latest News

Queensland Waters Down ‘Off the Plan’ Protection Laws

Andrew Heaton, Sourceable
Developers in Queensland will be able to sell ‘off the plan’ lots before permits to build houses and apartments on those lots are obtained and will have no longer be subject to having the buyer terminate a contract where deposits of more than 10 per cent are paid under new laws.


The Seven Factors Behind Brisbane's Upcoming Growth

Jennifer Duke, Property Observers
Given Melbourne and Sydney’s strong growth, John McGrath says that it may be wise to turn attention elsewhere – specifically, Brisbane and South-East Queensland, where he expects to see the best capital growth of all the major cities over the next three years.


Gold Coast City Council Damages the Coast’s Recovery

Arnold Development Consultants
Amendments to the Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution will damage the Gold Coast’s recovery in a post GFC environment.


Chinese buyers secure 75 per cent of Surfers Paradise tower Rhapsody pre-sales

Jack Houghton, Gold Coast Bulletin
INTERNATIONAL investors have started snapping up units at Rhapsody — a 41-storey residential tower in Surfers Paradise.


Gold Coast residential property market improvement continues

Property Observer
Time on market stretched across much of the country during August, with the noticeable exception of the Gold Coast.


Apartments left in broadband limbo by TPG ruling

David Havyatt, Financial Review
The residents of the 500,000 premises that TPG said it would target are now back with the rest of Australia waiting for clarity about what superfast broadband they may get, and when.

How to Join a Body Corporate Committee

Are you interested in joining your Body Corporate on the Committee but not sure how to go about it or what the committee really involves?

Read this article written by Kelly Borell from our office to find out how.

If you still have questions, contact Kelly on
(07) 5609 4924 to discuss.

Strata Resource - made just for Queenslanders

Looking for great Queensland Strata information?

Try the LookUpStrata FactSheet: Strata Legislation for Queensland

Find links to legislation, strata forms as well as information about parking, pets, levies, common property, selling, renting, buying.....

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