Strata News Weekly – 2 June 2017

Parking Space Stoush Ends In Court
Last month in the Supreme Court, an owners’ corporation (OC) in South Yarra unsuccessfully attempted to join two firms of solicitors that acted for lot owners in the purchase of their units, in an effort to see them held responsible for incorrect and/or misleading advice.

The dispute arose because the OC had only 24 car parking spaces shared between 32 owners. The OC subsequently undertook a process to grant use rights and leases to certain owners by special resolutions. Two of the lot owners who were not granted use rights over the car parking spaces challenged the decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

See how south-east Queensland property was marketed a century ago
A real estate agent working to sell a large estate in Brisbane’s north more than 130 years ago was so confident he could sell every block of land that he pledged to donate money to local charities if he failed to do so.

This was just one of many quirky sides to the south-east Queensland property market during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Five apartment developments that revolutionised the way Sydneysiders live
Domain asked Dr Charles Pickett, architectural historian and co-author of Homes in the Sky, to come up with the top five groundbreaking apartments in Sydney.

Some were controversial, others inspired us to abandon the quarter-acre block. All of them changed the way we lived.

Nowadays, almost one in three Sydneysiders call high-density living home.

Strata Title Reform In WA Commended By Industry Bodies
The Western Australian state cabinet decision to move forward with the strata title reform process has been commended by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), Strata Community Association WA, Property Council of Australia, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA (UDIA WA).

Announced this Monday, the Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA said strata title reform was vital to the future housing needs of Western Australia, which is why the McGowan government would be progressing with the legislation as quickly as possible.

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