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DIY Strata goes Online

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DIY Strata goes online but some property owners know this already. Nice piece from strata journalist and expert Jimmy Thomson in Domain (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times) There was a time when small strata schemes that weren’t professionally managed got by with casual chats in place of meetings, and levies reminder notes slipped under the door instead of printed invoices. But as strata life has become more complicated, with legal obligations stacking up, the back of a ciggie packet management model just doesn’t cut the mustard any more. As apartment buyers get more savvy, it hurts your property […]Read More

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Analogue TV signal switch off

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Today marks the end of analogue television transmission in Australia, with the country’s final two regions (Melbourne, and remote and central eastern Australia) switching off for good. After 57 years of service, the last transmission towers were turned off at 9am this morning. Now all free-to-air broadcasting in Australia is only available on digital televisions or by using a digital set-top box on an analogue TV. Digital TV means better picture and sound quality, more free-to-air channels and a wider broadcasting spectrum for services like as mobile broadband. But if you’re not ready to say goodbye just yet, you can relive the […]Read More

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Pets in Strata Properties

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Have you been wondering about keeping pets in a strata managed property? It’s a controversial issue. Benefits can include increased property values and rents associated with pet-friendly buildings and health benefits associated with pet ownership. Downsides can sometimes include disharmony due to disputes over pet ownership and increased cleaning and maintenance costs for common property areas. Currently this issue is only loosely regulated by model by-laws. But the proposed new Strata Schemes Management Act could make some positive changes for pet owners living in strata schemes from early 2016. David Bannerman and Mark Pollinger have written a great article about […]Read More

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1 in 10 Australians live in strata units but know little about what it means

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Great article from UNSW TV on living in strata units and what it means: One in 10 Australians live in strata titled homes such as apartments or townhouses; in Sydney it’s closer to one in four. A UNSW study has found there are major problems with strata living, including ongoing building defects and management issues. One in ten Australians live in strata titled homes such as apartments or townhouses; in Sydney it’s closer to one in four. But how much do we know about strata title living and what it involves? The University of New South Wales has completed a […]Read More

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Unit Owners – don’t miss out on the NBN

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Every Australian home, apartment and business will be connected to the NBN by 2021, either by fibre optic cable, fixed-wireless or satellite. More then one in five of the buildings expected to be connected are multi-unit strata dwellings. The challenge is that there isn’t any central register of office bearers or strata managers to know who’s managing each building and where they can be contacted in order to arrange connection of the cable to the property. For self-managed strata schemes (an area of particular interest for me with my company OurBodyCorp) it’s important not to be forgotten when the cables […]Read More

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Get set for the next wave of downsizers

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The Age reports that “The number of downsizers looking for apartments is predicted to take off this year with the improvement in the property market. Australian Property Monitors data shows the Sydney median house price rose 3.4 per cent last year. Canterbury Bankstown had the most growth at 11.5 per cent, but the northern beaches and upper north shore grew more than 7 per cent. Even the east grew 3 per cent, though the lower north shore fell 0.4 per cent. click here to read moreRead More

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Why you need to maintain your strata property

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Interesting blog post from Michael Teys, well-respected strata lawyer, on the need to maintain your property.  Perhaps a New Year’s Resolution to all us strata property owners… Ironically for an area where health and safety laws are observed more in the breach than otherwise, the laws for owners corporations to repair and maintain common property are very strict. The owners corporation must repair and maintain common property are the simple words used to impose this liability. The courts have consistently interpreted these words to mean what they say – just do it – not when you get around to it […]Read More