Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Strata Sector Pushes for Self-Regulation; Changes Needed to 'Keep Pace with Growth'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Strata Sector Pushes for Self-Regulation; Changes Needed to 'Keep Pace with Growth'

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SUNSHINE Coast Council and other local authorities throughout Queensland are being asked to get behind a push by the multi-billion-dollar strata and community title industry in Queensland for more self regulation.

Strata Community Australia (Qld) is pushing for the introduction of self-governing by-laws to be implemented for the strata industry to keep pace with growth in the sector

Strata Community Australia (Qld) president Simon Barnard said the current system was not working well in Sunshine Coast strata communities and other parts of Queensland.

"Self-regulation and self-governing by-laws need to be introduced foremost for consumer protection," Mr Barnard said.

"Issues on the Sunshine Coast like smoking on strata premises and the keeping of pets should be decided by the body corporate of the scheme to allow owners to self-determine what their neighbourhood is like.

"A body corporate can't legally impose any form of penalties on residents who don't abide by building rules and regulations.

"The strata industry is growing rapidly. It is an industry sector supported by one million Queenslanders, with 1000 more lots created each month.

"With this constant growth, it is vital that a framework be put in place that protects the interests of owners and gives them powers to self regulate their properties as they wish through the body corporate structure."

Strata Community Australia (Qld) has been in talks with State Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie about implementing such a self regulatory framework as part of the current Property Law Review which is expected to be finalised later this year. …

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