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More than 400,000 Queenslanders living in units and townhouses are paying more than they should because of archaic laws that have been under review for nearly three years. Under proposed changes, body corporates could charge less for administration and even stop people from smoking on their own balcony. Living in close quarters comes at a cost, and the South East's unit saturation means a growing number of residents are footing the bill for often costly body corporate fees.