Set the rules for community living using a Community Management Statement
In Queensland, a Community Management Statement (CMS) is a valuable reference for living in a body corporate property as it specifies the by-laws relating to the property, the regulation modules that apply, and outlines exclusive use areas of common property, and who pays for what.
All bodies corporate property in Queensland that are regulated by the BCCM Act must have a CMS which takes effect once it is recorded by the Register of Titles. Upon registration, a body corporate is created.
Do Community Management Statements change?
Yes, a Community Management Statement may be changed for different reasons. The most common reason is a change to the by-laws. Other reasons include if new apartments or lots are added to the body corporate property, or if the body corporate requests that a different type of regulation module should apply to the property.
Changes can be made to the Community Management Statement by resolution at a general meeting. The type of resolution required depends on the regulation module for the property and the by-law itself. At times, exceptions will need to be applied. Plans registered prior to 1997 may not have a Community Management Statement in place. Owners would be required to refer to the registered plan, whether it is a Building Unit Plan (BUP) or Group Title Plan (GTP), plus any individual by-laws registered prior to July 1997.