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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 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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Help! Where do I find my by-laws – QLD

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If you live in a Body Corporate community, the chances are you’ve heard of something called by-laws. By-laws are the rules of a Body Corporate that all the owners have agreed to abide by. The by-laws are voted on by all owners and they are

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SSKB encourages all Lot Owners to do their part for the planet and go paperless!

Go Smart, Go Paperless

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Did you know that Tuesday, 6 November is World Paper Free Day? The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) initiative looks to raise awareness of how much paper is used (and wasted) in business. In Australia, less than half of the paper used ends up in

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SSKB looks at seeking permission to have a pet in your apartment

Permission For Pets – Qld

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Pets are part of the family but it is completely understandable that a Body Corporate Committee might want to pause for thought, before giving the ‘paws up’ to a new addition to the neighbourhood. Most Body Corporate communities have specific by-laws which put specific conditions

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‘Paws’ For Thought Before Choosing An Apartment Pet

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With apartment living becoming the lifestyle of choice for an increasing number of Australians, it comes as no surprise to find an increasing number of buildings becoming more pet friendly. Australians have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world: About 62%

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SSKB looks at the flammable cladding legislation affecting Qld Body Corporate Communities.

Flammable Cladding Update

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Body Corporate Communities across Queensland have until March 29, 2019 to undertake a mandatory ‘combustible cladding checklist’. On Monday, 1 October the Queensland Government released the survey on the Safer Buildings web site. SSKB Co-Owner and Director Tim Sheehan shares important information for all Queensland

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Great Meetings Are On The Agenda – QLD

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Life is too short to spend in meetings, so anything that starts by getting issues on the table and ends with concrete actions on those issues is a good meeting indeed. We give you the inside tips on how to run an effective meeting. In

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SSKB Strata Managers looks at exclusive use of common property

Exclusive Use of Common Property – Qld

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Exclusive! Read all about it! Do you have exclusive use over common property? Are you sure? In the world of strata living, property is divided into two parts – a lot, which is typically the unit you’ve bought, and common property – which most commonly,

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Downsizing for Apartment Living

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Strata living is a great opportunity for empty nesters to maximise the capital gains on the family home and enjoy a rewarding lifestyle. While the 2016 Australian Census noted that people aged between 25 and 34 years are the largest demographic of apartment-dwellers at 21%,

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SSKB reviews the Spreme Court ruling which has obligations for all Strata Communities

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door To Disability Access Obligations

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A recent Supreme Court ruling in Victoria has wide implications for all Strata Communities across Australia. The case involved a legally-blind pensioner who owned a fourth floor unit. The woman subsequently developed mobility issues that left her reliant on a wheelchair and a mobility scooter.

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