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A data-driven holistic understanding of strata insurance in Australia and New Zealand

Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston

Published: Johnston, N., Lee, A., Mishra, S., Powell, K., Bowler- Smith, M and Zutshi, A. (2021) A data-driven holistic understanding of strata insurance in Australia and New Zealand. Deakin University

Keywords: Building management, Financial management, Insurance, Law,

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This report examines the complexities of strata insurance and the role of strata managers in this process. It highlights increased costs of strata insurance over the period 2016-2020 and the significant imposition of state and federal taxes. The legal complexities of strata and obligations imposed on owners corporations and bodies corporate to insure are outlined. The report recommends changes including a more transparent disclosure regime so that consumers are more informed about insurance processes and the fees imposed by management companies and others in the strata insurance supply chain.

Creating better shared spaces in apartment complexes and their local areas

Author or co-authors: Sian Thompson

Published: Cities People Love

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: Architecture, Building management, Community, Design, Development, Governance, Liveability, Planning, Public/private, Qualitative research/interviews, Quantitative research/statistics,

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This research, undertaken in 2019, investigated the social aspect of living in large apartment complexes, drawing on case studies in Sydney and asking what ‘good outcomes’ look like. To understand how we can improve spaces within and around apartment complexes to better support social connection and encourage use, two overarching questions were asked: what types of social connections residents want locally, and how the built environment and management can support this.

Embedded Property

Author or co-authors: Douglas C Harris

Published: Douglas C Harris, "Embedded Property" in Randy K Lippert & Stefan Treffers, eds, Condominium Governance and Law: Global Urban Perspectives (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021) 29.

Keywords: Disputes/conflict, Governance, Home ownership, Law, Redevelopment / termination,

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This paper offers the concept of embedded property as a way of thinking about and understanding condominium property, and of explaining how ownership of land within condominium is changing the character of ownership. In doing so, it describes property within condominium as spatially embedded, politically embedded, and temporally embedded, and then demonstrates how these different modes by which condominium embeds property are forcing courts and legislatures to reconsider long-accepted incidents of land ownership.

Parenting and neighbouring in the consolidating city: The emotional geographies of sound in apartments

Author or co-authors: Sophie-May Kerr, Chris Gibson, Natascha Klocker

Published: Emotion Space and Society

This paper has been peer reviewed

Funders: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program Scholarship

Keywords: Children, Design, Disputes/conflict, Liveability, Qualitative research/interviews,

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Rapid urban population growth has prompted a shift towards higher-density dwellings. Yet little is known about the everyday emotional experiences of apartment residents. This paper draws on insights gathered from families, with children, living in apartments in Sydney, Australia. These families' experiences of high-density living reveal how the materiality of sound and built form interact with cultural norms to shape how apartment spaces are understood and inhabited.

Does Discrimination Law Apply to Residential Strata Schemes

Author or co-authors: Cathy Sherry

Published: Sherry, C. (2020). Does Discrimination Law Apply to Residential Strata Schemes. UNSW Law Journal, 43, 307.

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: By-laws/rules/CC&Rs, Disputes/conflict, Governance, Law,

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Though strata title legislation is over 50 years old, important questions about its intersection with other areas of law remain unanswered, including whether discrimination law applies to residential strata schemes. Bodies corporate wield considerable power over residents’ properties and lives, and the capacity to use that power in discriminatory ways is real. As ever-increasing numbers of Australians choose or are compelled to live in strata schemes, the need to resolve this legal dilemma becomes more pressing.