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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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What is an Energy Audit?

Implementing energy saving projects in your strata building can provide the highest investment returns on offer, reducing carbon emissions and improving property valuations. But how do you know what are the best projects for your building? An Energy Audit could be the best place to start.  Don’t be put off by the term ‘Audit’.  This…

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Why Re-Paint Strata Buildings?

Many people believe the main reason we re-paint body corporate buildings is to protect them from the elements, however, this is not entirely true. Apart from sealing certain aspects, such as metal balustrade where we paint in order to deter rust, or ensure natural timber is kept moist through oiling or staining, the real reason…

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Solar Stata – The future is near

Few apartment buildings benefit from solar energy, but this is proposed to change. There is no doubt that solar is on the rise. One and a half million Australian homes now have solar power, but next to no apartments benefit directly from solar. A relatively small number of strata buildings in Australia do have solar power that…

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Managing multiple service providers

Traditionally looking after a property or business involved managing a number of service providers to maintain the buildings appearance. You could have cleaners, maintenance and repair personnel, carpet cleaners, window cleaners, landscapers, refrigeration specialists, flooring repairs, plumbers, electricians… and the list goes on. In addition to the heavy toll on administration required on accounts for…

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Commissioners Corner – Hard Flooring Noise Transference – Practical Tips!

The issue of noise transference from hard flooring in apartments (like timber and tiles) is a common source of dispute. Even when an occupier is using their lot for normal daily activities, inadequate soundproofing under their hard floors can have a significant and frustrating impact on adjacent lots. Most bodies corporate have a by-law restricting…

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Asset Withholding Tax Changes

Foreign resident capital gains withholding first applied to vendors disposing of certain taxable Australian property under contracts entered into from 1 July 2016. A 10% non-final withholding was applied to these transactions at settlement. New rules for foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) apply to vendors disposing of certain taxable property under contracts entered into from 1 July…

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