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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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Strict v Substantial Legislative Compliance

At the upcoming Smart Strata Community Education Seminars I am interested to delve into the depths of day to day strata operations to reach a conclusion on whether less or more regulation, by-laws and committee interference creates a more harmonious environment. The unwieldy and often complex nature of the Queensland strata legislation provides plenty of…

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Committee Meetings – Secrets to Success

The dynamic of Body Corporate meetings can vary greatly depending on the members present. In this article we provide guidance on setting goals and planning actions, the importance of leadership, understanding of participants roles and responsibilities, being concise when making submissions and acting professionally. If you have ever left a meeting wondering what just happened, this…

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By-Laws and Legislative Compliance

By-laws are an integral part of the administration of a body corporate. While integral they can also be slightly daunting, which is in this article we break By-laws down part by part aiming to arm stakeholders with the knowledge to help them avoid unlawful by-laws and give them the tools to successfully administer their scheme.…

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PSST… Wanna be a Strata Committee Member?

Does anyone really want to be on a strata committee?  Why not and what’s to be done about it?  Does it mean the wrong people are running our strata buildings? As an operational structure, strata and community title associations need owners [or their nominees] to volunteer as committee members. And, whilst it makes sense that…

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Nose Pollution

Each winter we embark on a camping expedition to a secluded site on the Pumicestone Passage. Aside from fishing and relaxing, the only obligatory activity is afternoon aperitifs, set against the majesty of the Glasshouse Mountains as they salute the end of another day, backlit in brilliant orange, pink and purple hues, the sun skilfully…

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