Santa Claus is coming to town! He’s not Scott Morrison or Malcolm Turnbull; God only knows what they carry in their sacks. Come to think of it, in 12 months time we might get Bill Shorten for Christmas and then we’d surely have the Grinch. But Santa doesn’t care about us adults; he’s here for the kids.

The North Pole has contacted Leverage and Santa himself has requested that we should write to all property managers and strata managers so that all the kids in Australia can be found. In past years, Santa has had trouble identifying where people are because everyone moves house so much these days. Santa has set up a special new website for all real estate agents to advise Santa on where the kiddies are. Santa wants you to do two things:

  • Real Estate Agents should email their sales for the year to, this will tell Santa who has bought and sold properties. It will show where all the kids are who have moved but haven’t yet been registered with the North Pole Land and Property Information Bureau.
  • Unfortunately, those who live in rentals aren’t registered on any database that can be accessed by Santa. Santa is urging all property managers to upload to their tenant database of who has children, on This will help Santa find the kids who aren’t registered and have no identified address.

Santa has another problem. When Santa first began, he had a chimney to climb down with his sack to leave toys for the sleeping children. But, there are fewer dwellings with chimney’s left in Australia. More people are living in Strata complexes with no chimney access. Santa has requested that we remind all the strata managers to pass a special Santa by-law. This by-law states the following: it is resolved, pursuant to Section 143 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, to grant a common property by-law to Santa Claus of the North Pole. This common property by-law permits Santa to use the fire escapes and access the master keys for the purpose of delivering toys into everyone’s unit.

For you lot owners, if your strata manager won’t pass this common property by-law, just leave your balcony door unlocked so that Santa can climb in.

Kids, remind Mum and Dad, when you live in a unit or place without a chimney, a lock on a window should be left open for Santa’s elf to sneak in.

Obviously, the above is tongue in cheek and not meant with any seriousness. After twelve months of serious combat in business, we all have a right to a little levity.

As somebody once said, Christmas is for the kids. The 30 minutes of Christmas morning, of smiles on their little faces, with the excitement and joy that only a child can have and bring, it’s a wonderful experience for us parents and for us grandparents. I know it’s only 30 minutes of joy, but that 30 minutes lasts us a lifetime.

The Leverage Team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a successful 2018. We hope that your time with your family and friends makes up for the sacrifice made during the past 12 months and the next 12. Success is wasted if it is not shared with the people we love.

From all of us at Leverage; be safe, be happy and have a fantastic festive season!

Bailey Compton

This article was written by Bailey Compton, Principal Solicitor & Director at Leverage Group.

To get in touch with Bailey, please email or call 1300 438 538