WHO KNEW? 4.1 Lift Maintenance Contracts
Arama 2015 schedule
WHO KNEW? 3.1 Strata Banking Game
Submission re dispute resolution ref. 0724.2014
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To most people your unit is the biggest investment they have made. UOAQ membership makes you aware of the issues that has an impact on that investment and an ability to get involved to protect your interest. You can access reports of other owner’s experiences and how they dealt with them.
Why Become A Member?
Being a non-profit volunteer community organisation, Unit Owners Association of Queensland is dedicated to improving the rights and lifestyles of people who live in units and townhouses. Our aim is to be effective network spreading useful information amongst unit owners.
There is an enthusiastic and effective team of like-minded people as Committee Members and in our band of volunteers. This has resulted in valuable policies being developed and strong support being given to members. Please see our homepage for the most recent submissions and/or communication with various government bodies.
‘Unit News’ and ‘Unit News Online’ are our newsletters. These publications aim to keep members abreast of developments in community title living. ‘Unit News’ is a printed magazine which is distributed to all our members. ‘Unit News Online’ is a monthly electronic newsletter delivered directly to your email address. We are also working very hard to keep our website www.uoag.org.au updated with information about all of our activities.
UOAQ is the single organisation in Queensland representing both investment and residential unit owners only. As a recognized stakeholder, the Association meets with Government bodies in order to effect positive change within the industry. It is also worth noting that UOAQ is the only not-for-profit organisation in the entire stakeholder group. Thus the input provided is unbiased by any vested interests and is provided to promote the quality of, and, reduce the cost of, unit living for all Queensland unit owners.
There are two membership categories responding to the different needs of our members.
Individual membership is designed for the needs of individual unit owners, and helps the individual to better orient themselves with legislation, keeps them informed about current strata topics and provides guidance with issues an individual - owner occupier or investor - may have vis-a-vie other entities in bodies corporate, be it the caretaker, other owners, body corporate managers, or their own body corporate committee.
Building membership addresses issues at the level of body corporate committees and bodies corporate, which are usually more complex. There is a minimmum one year membership term. It was designed to meet the growing needs of buildings for comprehensive approach and mentoring in strata issues. Accordingly, it is not exclusive to particular size of the complex; it caters for the needs of any sized building.
Why Support our Association?
Unit Owners Association of Queensland has been representing unit owners in Queensland for almost 40 years. We have seen many changes, including considerable growth in strata numbers: as of September 2015 there were 422,852 individual lots contained in 44,734 schemes accross the state. With the growth in the strata industry, UOAQ is also experiencing the growth in the number of our finacial members - our membership base has been steadily increasing for the last five years in both individual and building members. As of the end of June 2016 our membership increased to 3,560 financial members in total. We are very proud of the steady increase which shows unit owners' aprreciation of hard work of our Executive Committee member and volunteers.
Although it may seem as small percentage of overall unit owners in Queensland, each and every member of our Association is a unit holder and supports UOAQ from the perspective of a unit owner and for the benefit of unit owners. After all, our membership base - and of course, all unit owners - are the only one who underwrite the whole strata industry - by buying and owning the property and by paying the body corporate fees and levies (thus making it possible for caretakers, body corporate managers, insurers, numerous traders and maintenance professions, travel industry using units for holiday makers etc...)
Members regularly contact the office and committee members seeking advice and assistance relating to body corporate administration, functions of strata title manager, committees, onsite building managers and other legislative requirements.
Thus the Association has the opportunity to refer members to preferred contractors for specialist businesses, and approved providers of services within strata industry who not may support our Association but, more importantly, conduct their business with the interests of unit owners in mind . Accordingly, the various industry participants can be given opportunities to establish trusted business relationships with UOAQ members. You can also receive valuable exposure to unit owners through our website, Unit News and Unit News online to assist in building their own businesses.
Our Mission Statement
Ensuring the viability and long-term stability of unit ownership by promoting and protecting the rights of unit owner’s as the major stakeholders in property registered under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 or its precedents whether the units be used for residential, commercial or industrial purposes; by
1. Vesting building ownership and control in the body corporate; and
2. Restricting ownership costs to those of equivalent private property.
For three decades the UOAQ - a not for profit association, has represented the consumer sector of the Community Title Scheme (CTS) industry and has always worked towards a cohesive and productive relationship with government and related commercial entities in this industry sector. Historically we believe the Government has been at the forefront of Community Title legislation throughout the country. However over the past five years or so it is our firm belief that some of the legislation has been sidestepped by various operators within the industry, resulting in it becoming increasingly difficult to promote the ongoing viability of Unit procurement and habitation in the medium to longer term.
The ramifications of these results not only affect the Body Corporate and Community Management (B.C.C.M.) area of Government but also the financial future of the State with regard to affordability, sustainability and the tourism industry. Where an active and effective body corporate committee can control the cost of the building then that particular building becomes not only an enviable place to live but also to invest in. Currently there are legislative constraints that are making it extremely difficult if not impossible, to ensure that these complexes are affordable to live or invest in.
Sustainable Living Policy
Since 1997 when the new BCCM Act was introduced, unit owners have raised concerns as to the financial detriment to owners which arise from long term contracts with no mechanism for market review.
If the status quo remains, the costs of unit living will continue to grow well beyond the reach of ordinary home owners who may wish to live a unit lifestyle and leave a lighter footprint on our environment.
All stakeholders, including Developers, Caretakers, Real Estate Agents, Banks, Insurance Companies, Builders, Lawyers and Body Corporate Managers will benefit if unit living remains sustainable in the medium to long term.
The UOAQ promote and protect the rights of individual owners over the competing interests of suppliers, agents and other service providers to the Body Corporate industry.
It is time to right the balance so that Unit Living and the Tourism Industry can thrive well into the future.
The Unit Owners Association of Queensland, the volunteer industry body representing unit owners in Queensland, believes the following urgent issues must be addressed to provide relief and reinstate confidence in the Community Titled Scheme industry.
Sustainable Living Policy addresses:
- Body corporate fees.
- Land tax.
- Increasing investor returns on investments.
Management Rights Policy:
- Complex/Building Offices and essential facilities are to be located on the common property of the Body Corporate and may be made available to the successful tenderer.
- Stop Extensions and Topping up of contracts.
- Caretaking agreements limited to a maximum 3 years.
- Stop Conversions from Standard to Accommodation Module.