Body corporate reforms up for discussion

Published Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 05:21 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

The Palaszczuk Government has called for public submissions on an independent report setting out 29 recommendations on body corporate by-laws, debt recovery and community titles scheme terminations.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said Queenslanders had until 5 May 2017 to have their say on the Government Property Law Review report, prepared by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

“Before considering any changes to the current laws, the Palaszczuk Government wants to hear people’s views on QUT’s recommendations,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“These include improving the ability of bodies corporate to make and enforce by-laws dealing with vehicle towing, pets and second-hand cigarette smoke drift between units.

“The report also recommends changes to improve the ability of bodies corporate to recover unpaid body corporate contributions from lot owners,” she said.

Other recommendations address the redevelopment of ageing and uneconomic community titles schemes.

“Some stakeholders have expressed concern that the current thresholds and processes for terminating community titles schemes are too onerous.

“QUT have provided recommendations on this issue. Before considering them further, the government is seeking the community’s views.”

Mrs D’Ath said the community could provide feedback on the report’s findings and recommendations, and on the costs and benefits of the recommendations.

The report is part of a broad review of property law being conducted by QUT’s Commercial and Property Law Research Centre on behalf of the Queensland Government.

The report can be found at:


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