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Towing Order Explained

Article contributed by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal

Tempting as it may be, a body corporate cannot have a vehicle towed without first obtaining an order from the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management. And as a recent adjudication from the BCCM shows, that process takes time, patience and evidence.

In brief, an occupier of a lot was parking their vehicle in a visitor space on a regular basis, contravening the scheme’s parking by-laws. But rather than immediately engage a contractor to tow the offending vehicle, the body corporate started a process that would take 18 months to secure the necessary approval to allow that action to take place should the resident offend again. 

Management Rights Reform FAQ’s

Article contributed by SCA QLD

Enacting change to long-standing practices in any industry is difficult. Even when there is widespread support for sensible reforms, there will always be pockets of resistance. Often this is based on a misunderstanding of what is being proposed, and then misinformation is repeated and amplified by opponents to try to derail a reform process. That’s sadly what we are seeing within our industry right now in relation to the reform agenda for Management Rights.
This is a discussion that has been ongoing in Queensland for at least a decade, and Strata Community Association (SCA) QLD expects it to lead to concrete reforms in 2023. As a result, there is a lot of misinformation being shared around the industry about what is being proposed and what it might mean. 

Read on for more details on the current state of play and access to SCA (QLD) FAQ’s on its reform views.
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