Emma Smith, Author at SSKB - Strata Managers | Community Experts
The Strata Terms you need to know

Strata Dictionary

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Strata living can be a confusing world, from the many terms to the constant changes in legislation and the different terminology around the country. We have taken some of the most common terms that you may need to know whilst you are living in a

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Renovating in Strata

Renovating in Strata – QLD

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When renovating and making alterations to an individual lot, the Body Corporate and Community Management Act does not restrict the changes or improvements which an owner can make.  Generally, lot owners can make improvements to elements of the lot which are the responsibility of the owner. However

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Your Guide to SSKB- Strata Resources

Your Guide to the SSKB Website and Strata Resources

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Client Portal. As a lot owner in an SSKB managed building, you have access to the SSKB portal. The portal is a one stop shop for documents and information relating to your body corporate/owners corporation and Strata resources. It consists of specialised features that enable

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Parking Rules

Parking Rules and Common Parking Problems

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Parking is easily one of the most contentious issues within strata living, sparking a myriad of queries and complaints. These can range from parking in the visitor parking spaces, parking on common property, parking in other resident’s designated car spaces and leasing out car spaces

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Running a Business from Your Lot

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It is not uncommon for small business owners to run their business out of their home. It is convenient, it saves on travel expenses and incurs fewer overheads just to name a few reasons. However, when your home is in a strata community this can

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Interior Design Inspiration

Interior Decoration Ideas – Pantone colour of the year

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They say change is as good as a holiday. So what better place to create a change than in the place you spend most of your time, your home. Perhaps a change of interior colour might be the ticket that you need. Pantone Colour of

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Pool Safety

Pool Safety

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In Australia we are lucky enough to have nice hot weather throughout most of the year. This makes swimming pools a valuable investment. With a growing population living in strata communities, the allure of a pool within the scheme can be highly appealing. However, with

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SSKB Strata Managers welcomes guest author Kimberley Lundberg from IAGB to talk landlord insurance.

Landlords Insurance in a Strata Complex

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Guest post by Kimberley Lundberg from Insurance Aid General Brokers If you own and rent a unit or lot in a strata managed complex, you might be tempted to think that the insurance your body corporate pays on your behalf (Strata Insurance) will protect you

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SSKB Strata Managers takes a look at Strata Loans

What Are Strata Loans?

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There are times a Body Corporate or Owners Corporation needs extra funds for emergency repairs or some unexpected major remedial works. Ideally there will be enough money in the Sinking Fund (also known as a Capital Expenditure or Maintenance Fund) to cover the work, but

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SSKB Strata Managers encourages communities to be storm-wise this summer

Now’s The Time To Be Storm Ready

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Australia is now in cyclone season which began on 1 November. So proactive strata communities should consider their storm readiness. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has just announced the first cyclone for the season – Cyclone Owen – although a likely El Nino this year

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SSKB Strata managers has made a list and checked it twice- here's what you need to do before hanging out your Christmas decorations

It’s Christmas Time In The City*

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! But before you ‘jingle all the way’ with the Christmas spirit, there are a few things to bear in mind before you deck the halls. You’ll need to check with your Body Corporate or Owners Corporation before

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SSKB Strata Managers looks at Strata Committee spending limits

Strata Committee Spending Limits

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One of the responsibilities to fall on the shoulders of committees is ensuring that funds for the repair and maintenance of the property are correctly spent. And, not surprisingly, different states have different rules to follow. Victoria Victoria doesn’t nominate a spending limit and instead

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SSKB Strata Managers looks at who is responsible for fences.

Who’s Responsible For Fences?

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Good fences make good neighbours, observed the poet Robert Frost. The same can be said for strata communities, where keeping fences in good repair keeps the relationship between neighbours sweet. So, whose responsibility is it to maintain fences? In Queensland and New South Wales, it’s

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SSKB Strata Managers reviews the BCCM Commissioner's advice on Schoolies 2018

What You Need To Know About Schoolies 2018

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The end of the academic year marks the beginning of Schoolies, where Year 12 school leavers let down their hair and descend on some of the country’s most popular holiday spots. High spirits and immaturity combined can cause headaches for owners and residents alike in

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SSKB Strata Managers looks at Term Deposits for Sinking and Maintenance Funds

Term Deposit Tips For Strata Communities

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One of the great things about living in a well-managed strata community is knowing your regular levies (called fees in Victoria) help future-proof your investment. In addition to the Administration Fund, which takes care of the regular expenditure items (such as gardening and cleaning of common

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