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Survey Time – share your thoughts

This is a callout to all Body Corporate Owners.  We need you to help us, help you!  To help us plan our news content for the year ahead, we are seeking your input on what topics matter to you the most. At Smart Strata we pride ourselves on delivering timely, relevant and educational information to…

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Happy holidays from the team

Smart Strata and our foundation partners Archers the Strata Professionals, Strata Compliance Solutions, Marsh Advantage Insurance and ARC Utilities Management wish you a wonderful holiday season. 2021 has certainly been a tumultuous year as we have aimed to guide strata communities through the myriad of issues faced each day.  It has been a year where…

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Communal Living – Christmas Survival Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again – will there be Christmas Cheer or Tears? It is the time of year where we put aside our differences and disputes over dogs barking or the neighbouring apartment smoking. Instead, we take the opportunity to argue about Christmas lights on balconies, parties that run until the early…

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Are you ready for storm season?

Summertime is historically the peak period for storm season so now is the time to get prepared.  Intense weather events can occur with very little notice (if any at all) and when they hit, it is usually with devastating consequences. Storm and particularly cyclone damage can leave a long-term impact both financially and emotionally for…

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Are Buildings Getting Taller?

Australian Strata Buildings are Getting Taller Or, so says the Australian Bureau of Statistics … From low rise walk-up strata apartment blocks in the 60’s and 70’s, we’ve seen bigger and bigger strata complexes each decade. But, they’ve also been getting taller and taller as the ABS’ analysis demonstrates. Introduction I’ve written about the advantages…

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Energy Strategy in Strata – Case Study

The Future of Energy in Strata The energy landscape within strata title communities is often overlooked, difficult to navigate, and expensive. The conversation to define your Energy Strategy is more important now, than ever before.   What is Energy Strategy in Strata? Energy Strategy for strata title communities (Strata) is the collaborative process of planning,…

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Strata Rules, By-Laws & Covenants

Strata rules, by-laws, and covenants have had a bad rap recently. But, they still offer the strata experts and DIY strata owners the best tools to customise [or even hot-rod] their strata buildings to make them perform better than standard models. Vroom vroom … Introduction Strata building rules, by-laws, and covenants are a fundamental part…

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Running Better Meetings

A good [or great] strata meeting is about much more than just the rules … Knowing and following the rules for running a strata meeting is just table stakes in the meeting and decision game as they’re just the processes and not the objective of a meeting.  Rather, good strata meetings need smart preparation, soft…

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Industry Insurance Report – 47 Critical Functions Confirmed

Industry first complete review of strata insurance – here’s everything you need to know! SCA (QLD) has been consistently promoting how crucial the role of a body corporate manager is to the running of a scheme, and this report has confirmed that. It was revealed that strata managers perform 47 critical functions in the insurance supply…

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Airbnb – Residential Use Defined

A number of body corporate lawyers have recently published articles claiming that bodies corporate could use by-laws to ban holiday lettings, despite the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCMA) prohibiting such by-laws. The basis for the claim was a recent District Court decision which concerned a complex governed by the Building Units and Group…

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