QUT has now produced the final outstanding recommendations report for strata law reform relating to the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980 (BUGTA) and other legacy legislation that applies to bodies corporate other than the more well-known and widely used Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCM Act).
BUGTA regulates integrated resorts like Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island and Royal Pines along with many buildings at Southbank and other earlier built staged developments like Brett’s Wharf, Cathedral Place and Couran Cove.
The biggest recommendations from our end are that BUGTA should become more aligned with the BCCM Act with respect to:
- dispute resolution processes;
- meeting procedures;
- restrictions on delegating the body corporate’s powers; and
- by-laws (which will mean BUGTA regulated buildings could no longer unreasonably prohibit pets).
A copy of the report can be read here.
In the grand scheme of things, we think there are probably bigger fish to fry for the majority of strata title owners in Queensland, but for those who are in BUGTA regulated buildings, this is a much bigger deal.
Now we are all in the hands of the state government about whether any of this will actually become law. Our newsletters on previous recommendations papers can be found here.