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Storm Season Readiness

Ready or not, storm season is upon us, and it is imperative that residents prepare their properties for unexpected winds, hail, and flash flooding. Unit owners face unique considerations when it comes to storm preparedness and insurance claims, so understanding their body’s corporate responsibilities will help stop potential damages and unnecessary repair costs to their…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

On Father’s Day 2022, I laid a bet with my (77 years) old man – that within 3 to 5 years sales of electric vehicles in Australia would overtake sales of fossil-fuelled vehicles. As with many Baby Boomers, Dad simply could not believe that all of us Gen X, Y, Z, and I types, would…

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No extension required for your late community management statement

My daughter was born 7 days late. Since then she has effortlessly maintained a strict regime of unpunctuality. Last term, her tardy approach to scholarly, musical and sporting endeavours was punctuated with a late paroxysm of activity. Then, like an elastic band after having reached its maximum tension threshold, she catapulted back to her natural…

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The Top 5 Mistakes Committees Make When Enforcing By-Laws

By-laws. We talk about them a lot – how they get reviewed, registered, enforced, or challenged. They are complicated and complex. Which means mistakes get made. Read on for our top 5 mistakes committees make when enforcing by-laws. Have you even looked at this flowchart for by-law enforcement? It’s great because it gives the idiot’s…

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Education Regimes – Who Needs This?

Strata and Community titles are the largest growing type of development across Australia. All States & Territories are experiencing growth in most sectors of the market (residential, industrial, commercial, retail and mixed use). In addition, most States and Territories are also reviewing legislation to keep up with the ever changing shift into strata. Some time…

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Tips for the new Financial Year

As we head into a new financial year and Christmas rapidly approaches it is important to set yourself up financially and budget for expenses you don’t often think about – like body corporate fees. If you own an apartment or are looking to invest in one, you are required to pay body corporate fees, commonly…

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Strata Community Education Seminar Live Stream

For those of you that missed our recent Strata Community Education seminar or would like to re-watch and/or pass it on to friends, colleagues or committee members our live stream edition of the Brisbane seminar is now available for you to view.

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The role of “Conflict Junkies” in Body Corporate dispute

Most disputes within Bodies Corporate stem from ignorance and miscommunication. Sometimes, however, disputes are caused or perpetuated by “conflict junkies”. As the name suggests, conflict junkies are people that are addicted to conflict. They love sending long, threatening emails. They routinely demand total adherence to their views and wishes. They rarely ask questions, preferring instead…

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Meetings – Decisions vs Politics

This article is written from the perspective of a strata manager. Read on for insights from their side of the meeting room table. You are sitting in another stupefying meeting. The Committee is way off the agenda, wandering far and wide amidst the weeds. You have tried, to no avail, to bring them back to…

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Keyboards don’t have feelings

In June 2021 I attended the SCA National Conference in Adelaide.  It had me out of the office for almost an entire week.  Upon touching down in Adelaide, I realised that I had forgotten to put the “Out of Office” notification on my e-mails. I moved past the mild anxiety I began to feel when…

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