Reforms to Improve Community Title Schemes
13 March 2023
The Queensland Government is proposing changes to body corporate legislation to improve community title complexes.
It’s no secret that the Bayside and the State is home to an ever-growing community of residents living in self-contained units under community title schemes, so the Palaszczuk Government is proposing changes to existing body corporate legislation to improve the liveability and transformability of community title complexes.
The highlights of these reforms include the strengthening of laws to better protect residents from second hand smoke by empowering bodies corporate to make by-laws that prohibit smoking in outdoor and communal areas of a community titles scheme; the addition of new laws to protect pet owners by preventing bodies corporate from banning pets in community titles schemes, except in specific circumstances; and the addition of further laws allowing bodies corporate to tow vehicles which are preventing access or causing a hazard.
Additionally, important legislative reforms will occur to make it easier to sell and redevelop ageing or rundown community titles schemes in Queensland, by allowing for the termination of a scheme with the support of 75 per cent of lot owners, where the body corporate has agreed it is more financially viable for lot owners to terminate rather than maintain or remediate the scheme.
These much needed reforms will not only protect the investments of property owners in community title schemes, but ensure they remain viable and enjoyable places to live for years to come.