Have you ever tried to take instructions from seven people at once? It happens quite a bit to us here in strataland. We send out a set of questions to a client committee and everyone copies us in with their responses, comments, clarifications and questions. As specialist Body Corporate Solicitors we are regular receivers of…

A strata manager from a large strata management company got a call from a disgruntled owner. Here’s the advice the strata manager needed to know. “Whoa! $850 electricity bill for one quarter? How can that be? I only paid $200 for the last quarter.” That was what one strata resident experienced last month.  The culprit…

Damp patches on walls after rain – What could it be? After a day or more of heavy rain, we hear from a great number of homeowners and facility & asset managers that they have noticed damp patches on the walls. There are many causes of excess moisture in the structure of a building, such…

One of the buzzwords of recent times is the idea of the “sharing economy”. Typically this refers to people ‘sharing’ their asset and in the process getting a return out of it. One example of this is Uber (for vehicles) and another example, which this column will focus is on, is short-term letting of one’s…

For many stakeholders in a strata community, the annual general meeting is their time to shine. They submitted their motions long ago, they knocked on the doors of their friendly neighbours to ask for their support, and they have visualised how they will make their strong points when having their say at the meeting. For…

It is essential that the Strata industry has educated, knowledgeable and prepared volunteers to successfully lead communities. To better assist key stakeholders, an education program for the purpose of encouraging Committee members and lot owners to better understand the purpose and functions of their community, has been developed. Along with this educational program, Committee members…

Already, the year has kicked off in a busy fashion for my Office, with high demand for both information and dispute resolution services.  We had a record number of dispute resolution applications in 2016-17, and this current financial year is already on track to ‘better’ that result. This tells me that the need for timely…

What the owners giveth, the owners can taketh away! The Regulation Modules provide two ways that a sitting, voting committee member can be removed; each of them by ordinary resolution of the Body Corporate. The most litigated, but the least used, is to remove the voting committee member for a breach of the Code of…

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