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New Ideas For Strata Disputes

It’s inevitable that there’ll be strata disputes [or strata differences as I called them in my article ‘Better Ways to Approach Strata Differences’] and they’re not going away in hurry; even with new mindsets and better education. In almost all strata disputes the stakeholders adopt the mechanisms set out in the applicable strata laws and…

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Considerations for Bodies Corporate when it comes to EV Charging

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and decreasing in cost. What does this mean for Bodies Corporate? This means that they have a choice: to either confront the issue now or to wait and try and resolve the issue when it becomes ripe. Ideally, Bodies Corporate should have a plan. Put simply by Alan Lakein,…

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Calling all Strata Champions

Is strata suffering from a leadership crisis… Why is it so difficult to get strata buildings to make decisions on anything but routine or emergency issues?  Many strata stakeholders are frustrated by it but there are few solutions.  In this article I revisit some older research that considers the idea of finding, cultivating, and encouraging…

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How to Manage Noise in Strata Living

One of the most common complaints received in strata management is to do with noise. It’s understandable that in close proximity living, noise has a knack for traveling through ceilings, walls and across balconies. It is only to be expected that you will sometimes hear some noise from your neighbours, pets, and construction or building…

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Budgeting 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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Committee Guide to Managing Defects

If you are currently experiencing defects in your building, no doubt you will need some answers to the many questions that arise managing building defects which include: How does the QBCC works? What are the different defect category types? What are the body corporate statutory obligations with respect to maintenance and repair of common property?…

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Strata Year in Review

We are pleased to welcome you back and hope you had a safe and happy festive season. Before we launch into 2018, we think it’s important to look back on some of the key moments of 2017. Strata law reform and the Smart Strata Seminars In May and October of 2017 we had our free…

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Commissioners Corner – Dispute Resolution Explained

I’ve spoken at some length in articles about the dispute resolution service my Office provides. More generally, dispute resolution in the body corporate context can be thought of as a series of escalating steps which can, and must, be taken to reach resolution. In this article, I will give an overview of these steps. While…

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Mould Prevention Tips

For those in the strata industry you know just how busy your job can be, especially when it comes to maintenance and repairs after storm season. One of the hardest repairs to deal with for any on-site manager, caretaker or strata manager can be mould, especially if you have no idea where it is coming…

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Dealing with Difficult People

Few new strata managers walking in on their first day have the slightest inkling what is in store for them unless they have extensive customer-service experience. Without scaring everyone too much let me say in no uncertain terms that some of the people with whom you will deal will be very difficult. Why is that?…

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