SSKB looks at Sinking Funds/Maintenance Funds for Strata Communities

Sinking Funds Explained – Queensland

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What is a sinking fund? A body corporate’s sinking fund is effectively a deposit which exists to allow a body corporate to pay for repairs and maintenance of a building. The money in a sinking fund can be spent on several different things.  Firstly, it

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SSKB looks at Sinking Funds/Maintenance Funds for Strata Communities

Sinking Funds Explained – NSW

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What is a sinking fund? An owners corporation’s sinking fund is effectively a deposit which exists to allow an OC to pay for repairs and maintenance of a building. The money in a sinking fund can be spent on several different things. Firstly, it can

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Gabba Central Is Now A Tale With A Happy Ending

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Gabba Central is the place that Mick built. Well to be more accurate, this is the place that Mick Sharp and the Gabba Central body corporate rebuilt with the help of strata managers SSKB. The story of Gabba Central in Brisbane’s inner city suburb of

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Chris Nezmah from StarBMS recommends RUMs do their homework first

Working with Committees – Prioritising Improvement Budgets

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In 2015 SSKB surveyed Resident Unit Manages to ask them what their top five challenges were. The answer came back – working with body corporate/owners corporation committees to approve budgets for building improvements. We asked Chris Nezmah, general manager of Star BMS for practical tips

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SSKB recommends contributions continue whilethe budget negotations are underway

How Much Is Enough?

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Maintenance funds, or sinking funds as they’re known in Queensland, are a form of insurance. It means a strata community has enough money in the bank to pay for future repairs, maintenance and improvements to your most important asset – your home! These funds are a

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What Are My Levies Paying For?

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Confusion has been the longstanding norm when it comes to levies for lot owners. A study conducted by the University of NSW identified that a large proportion of NSW strata owners “did not consider their levies to be appropriate” and that there is a large

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Maintenance Plans: What’s all the Fuss?

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While not a requirement in all owners corporations, maintenance plans play an important part in the scheduling and budgeting for the upkeep of the building and common property. If you own a lot in a property that is a ‘prescribed’ owners corporation (ie over 100

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Small oversights can have huge consequences

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I recently heard two troubling stories. Let me share them with you. In one story, an inexperienced building manager was struggling with the issue of insufficient storage space. Having nowhere else to put them, he placed rubbish bins and various other items in front of

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Payout for SSKB Bodies Corporate

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It’s that time of year again – Bendigo Bank (Bundall) and SSKB are very pleased to announce that the semi-annual Community Dividend for the period Jan 1  to June 30 2013,  has now been paid to 352 body corporate associations, totaling a massive $$49,889.76   Since the commencement of

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‘Where does the money go?’ A presentation by SSKB Director, Paul Wood

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At SSKB, our Community Managers are commonly asked the question ‘Where does the money go?’ In reference to levies, many lot owners query whether their costs are too high in comparison to other buildings, and more importantly- can their levies be reduced? SSKB Director, Paul

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Payout for SSKB bodies corporate

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It’s that time of year again – Bendigo Bank (Bundall) and SSKB are very pleased to announce that the semi-annual Community Dividend for the period 1st July 2012 to 31st December 2012 has now been paid to 367 body corporate associations totaling a massive $52, 113!

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Common Misconceptions of Strata Living – Part 1

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Welcome to part one of a ten part series discussing the most commonly misunderstood issues relating to strata living. 1. The allocation of fees collected by the body corporate/owners corporation

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Community Dividend Payout for SSKB Clients

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Unit owners, bodies corporate and owners corporations throughout the country are reaping the benefits of a ground breaking community dividend agreement between SSKB and Bendigo Bank’s Bundall branch.

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12 Point Health Check for your Strata Community

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How healthy is your strata community?
Just like having a healthy diet and exercise in your personal life is important, maintaining a healthy strata community is essential for the continued well being of your investment.
How well is your community managing ……….

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3 Secrets on How to Cut a Good Deal

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Every strata community requires regular maintenance and regardless if the money is taken from the sinking fund or the admin fund, it is in the best interest of your community to secure a reasonable price. Check out these 3 secrets on how to cut a good deal for your community’s next maintenance job.

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