What’s Happening in the Queensland Strata Industry in 2020?

The Strata industry is constantly evolving to streamline processes and improve legislation.

Draft Regulations

Last year, many draft regulations were released for consultation in the Strata Industry with many of these changes set to come into effect in 2020.

In the second half of 2019, Queensland got its first look at the new Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation. Following this, new draft regulations for the Accommodation Module, Small Schemes Module, Commercial Module and Specified Two-Lot Schemes Module were released for consultation.

The consultation closing date for the draft regulations ended on 1 December 2019.

It has not yet been released what changes will be implemented, however we have summarisied some of the proposed changes below:

Committee members will no longer be able to receive direct or indirect benefits from a caretaking service contractor or service contractor without the authorisation from the Body Corporate. (Relevant section: 81; Supporting section: 8).

  • Facilitate voting in committee elections at a general meeting by electronic vote. (Relevant sections: 21-23, 25, 27-29, 31, 35).
  • Require minutes of general meetings to include the reason given for a motion being ruled out of order. (Relevant Section: 54).
  • Restrict inappropriate use of powers of attorney by providing that a person may only vote at a general meeting under the authority of power of attorney for one lot owner, unless the person is a member of the lot owner’s family, or the power of attorney is given under sections 211 or 2019 of the Act. (Relevant section: 102).
  • Additional contemporary examples of utility infrastructure that relate only to supplying services to an owner’s lot that a lot owner is responsible to maintain will be required to be provided. (Clause: 4, Section: 31).

Smoke Alarms

As well as the changes to the modules, there is also new legislation being introduced in Queensland that will make all Queensland houses possibly the safest in Australia when it comes to fire safety.

The new legislation requires all Queensland dwellings to install photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms and in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling.

Below are the dates that buildings will need to comply by:

  • 1 January 2017: in new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings.
  • 1 January 2022: in domestic dwellings leased and sold
  • 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.

Although most Strata schemes are not required to comply with the new legislation until 2022, it is important that schemes are proactive to ensure they are compliant. To stay up to date with future changes to the Strata industry follow SSKB on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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