Strata News – August

All the best strata industry news from August 2020 (some articles may have a paywall)


Leaky homes NZ- $21 million cost to Tauranga Ratepayers over Cayman Apartments
Apartment owners win legal victory over combustible cladding
NSW: NCAT Confirms Biowood Cladding is Combustible and Must Be Removed!
85% of new high-rise apartment towers defective
Governments boost measures to fix flammable cladding
New law puts dodgy developers on notice
NSW laws to ensure new apartments get serious defects fixed
‘Signatures for sale’ days are over, warns Sydney’s new building commissioner
Flammable cladding on Sydney towers stretches firefighting resources


Parliament pet petition off to a flying start online
How the fight to get pets allowed in apartment buildings has reached NSW Parliament
Sydney pet owners get shock win in the battle against apartment pet bans


Under cover: How has COVID-19 changed landlord insurance?
Sneaky decisions made under cover of covid
COVID-19 rent relief for thousands of Australians to be extended
Identity theft soars during COVID-19 as scammers target government payments, superannuation
Tenants struggling to get coronavirus rent relief, research reveals
High-rise not told of COVID cases

Airbnb/Short-term letting

Airbnb calls for changes to help with COVID-19 recovery
Short-stay rental loophole prompts COVID-19 hotspot fears
Airbnb launches ‘screening program’ to stop guests throwing parties
Airbnb CEO “has mucked it all up”
Party House Ban by Airbnb & Welcomed by Strata Sector

Property Market

Why you are overpaying $355,000 for an apartment near the city
You’re not paying $355,000 too much for your Sydney apartment: planners
Pandemic worsens apartment construction slump
Gold Coast property in demand from southern state buyers despite the closed border
Coronavirus, job losses driving tight rent vacancy markets around Brisbane
Surfers Paradise commercial vacancy rates tipped to double as businesses stare down 2020
Apartment Market Braces for Covid-19 Slowdown


The projects set to transform Brisbane by 2025
Albion’s $200m Hudson Common development to change face of inner city precinct
Revealed: Palm Beach sparks secret independent City Plan review by council
Residents fear Toowong is becoming an ‘overdeveloped’ car park
Why Brisbane needs good subtropical design for future buildings


Call for ban on balcony barbies … but not here
More Australian buyers keen on electric cars, but doubts remain – survey
Should we pay our strata committee members?
Two trade waste bins spark ongoing strata dispute
Fire safety –Don’t be alarmed – there’s a burnt toast by-law




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