Maintenance – don’t be ‘penny wise and pound foolish’

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Short on funds?  When committees are looking for somewhere to make some savings, one of the easiest places to look can be at maintenance.  Committees may believe saving is good and spending is bad, or vice versa, and it is often tempting to forego basic

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The increasing popularity of electric cars poses special issues for strata communities

Electric Vehicle Charging for Strata

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As the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry grows in Australia, the need to get a more proactive glance at EV charging issues and solutions for strata buildings is at large. ​ Not only is there a projection for EV to be 31.9% of the nations yearly

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"within 14 days" is not the same as "not less than 14 days"

Don’t Be Undone By A Typo

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By Mario Esera, Special Counsel – Litigation HWL Ebsworth Lawyers  Disputes between Bodies Corporate and their caretakers are not uncommon. Typically they are resolved promptly and inexpensively. Unfortunately, that was not the case for the Body Corporate for The Rocks Resort. Their dispute with their

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SSKB Strata Managers shares an article by Stratum Legal about common area airspace rights.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Crane – Construction Cranes In Common Area Airspace

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Reproduced with kind permission of  Michael Kleinschmidt, Legal Practitioner Director, Stratum Legal. Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s “crane index” has shot through the roof in South-East Queensland. But what happens when a Developer wants to swing a crane through your Common Property airspace? The

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SSKB strata managers looks at parking issues that may be plaguing your strata community

Park It!

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There can be nothing more frustrating than coming home after a long day to your apartment to find another car in your allocated car park.  Equally as frustrating can be finding dedicated visitor’s parking spaces chock full of cars which have been there for a

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SSKB strata managers recommends lot owners check with the legislation as well as their neighbours when it comes to renovations.

Renovation Rescue

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One of the big confusions experienced by people new to strata living is understanding the difference between your private property (your lot) and common property (which belongs to every owner). It might seem straight forward to think that everything within your four walls is your

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Queensland Property Law Review Update

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The Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is undertaking a review of Queensland’s property laws for the Queensland Government. The review includes an examination of issues arising under legislation governing ownership, use and dealings in real property in

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What Community Managers Wished RUMs Knew About Strata

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The relationship between property managers, caretakers and Resident Unit Managers (RUMs) and strata Community Managers is an important one. Together, they ensure strata communities are well run from legislative compliance and financials, through to maintenance and repair of the building itself. Even though they have

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Getting To Know The Neighbours

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There’s still another month of summer to enjoy. And with school holidays over, now is the time to get to know the neighbours. Federal PM Andrew Leigh, a former professor of economics reveals some disturbing statistics in his 2010 book Disconnected. With the widespread use

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SSKB Strata Managers reviews the legislation on pool fences for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

In The Swim For Safety

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As the Aussie summer chases thousands of people to seek relief in the comfort of the many pools Australian homes and apartment blocks have to offer, enjoying a relaxing swim comes with the inherent but tragic risk of accidental drowning. As recently as 11 January

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Is your swimming pool compliant? Contact StarBMS for an inspection and report

Pool Safety Signs Mandatory – Queensland

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A reminder to all pool owners that to keep their property compliant, the Queensland Government requires, from 1 January 2017, that any new CPR signs or existing CPR signs being replaced must: show how to perform CPR in line with the technique published in ‘ANZCOR Guideline 8 –

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Finding high quality contractors can be a challenging task

Don’t Get Sued!

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Committee Members, especially those acting voluntarily, are at risk of being held financially and possibly criminally responsible for deaths or injuries that occur within their strata communities. In 2016, 157 Australians have died in work place incidents and strata communities are not immune from liability.

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Catching The Drift – Queensland

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One of the most popular articles we’ve written for the SSKB newsletter has been on smoking. It is one of the vexed issues of our times – especially in strata communities where committees have to balance competing interests of occupiers who each have the right

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SSKB Strata Managers helps committee create harmonious strata communities

Clear Communication Is The Key To A Healthy Strata Community

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George Bernard Shaw once made the observation: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” The playwright might have also been referring to dilemma faced by committees in strata communities. The need for good communication is pretty self-evident –

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SSKB Strata Managers has some easy to follow advice for building strong strata communities

Community Building Ideas

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Many people living in an apartment property can go for years without knowing their neighbour’s names, let alone what they do or where they come from. Saying hello in the hallway is about as far as it gets for community minded interaction for many people.

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