The Change to Off-the-Plan Contracts All Developers Must Know

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According to the Mayan calendar 2012 will be a bad year, as the Mayans claim it will be the end of all days. However, for developers there is some rather positive news for 2012 (as long as the Mayans aren’t … Continue reading

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Create A Rooftop Heaven

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Urban Beauty or Create A Rooftop Heaven Unutilised roof space looks ugly and uninviting, but it does present the perfect opportunity to create beautifully designed rooftop gardens. Unutilised roof space A professional landscaper, who is experienced in working with roof … Continue reading

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Think Child Safe for Windows and Balconies

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Each year in NSW alone, over 8,000 children are taken to hospital as a result of a fall and 50 of these have fallen from a window or a balcony. Children who fall from windows and balconies suffer serious injuries, and for a small number

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Communicate Before You Renovate

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BY: HELENE JOHANSEN In challenging financial times and in an unstable real estate market, many people are choosing to renovate instead of buying into new property. However, in strata communities you cannot go ahead and start tearing down walls at your own will. If you

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Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011

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BY: HELENE JOHANSEN Every year thousands of people in Australia find themselves in the middle of a neighbourhood dispute about a fence or a tree. To address this problem the new Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 commenced on 1 November 2011 and aims to make

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Communication with Strata Communities Crucial for National Broadband Network Rollout

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NBNCo said communication with committee members and building managers in strata communities is absolutely crucial for the success of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout which will commence in 2012. NBNCo Executive General Manager of New Developments, Archie Wilson, informed SSKB that they need to

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The Way We Do Things Around Here

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BY: JOHN ATKINSON, SUNSHINE COAST GENERAL MANAGER A few months ago, I was invited by a group of resident owners at a sizeable (105 lots) body corporate in Maroochydore, to discuss with them the possibility of SSKB taking over the management of their body corporate.

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What Does My Body Corporate Insurance Policy Cover?

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BY: KATE O’ROURKE, COMMUNITY MANAGER Many owners are unaware of their responsibility in relation to insurance cover when they purchase a lot that forms part of a body corporate. Questions that I am frequently asked by my bodies corporate are: What does my body corporate

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Maximising the Value of Your Strata Asset

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At SSKB, we are all about maximising the value of your strata assets in a positive way, hence we are constantly on the lookout for ways to ensure you receive additional value from your strata property. We are approached regularly with new ideas, and most

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SCA Push to Solve Insurance Crisis

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BY: HELENE JOHANSEN Announcements released 23 November 2011 prove persistent pressure by the Strata Community Australia continues to improve the Government’s stand on the National Disaster Insurance Review recommendations. Announced by Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten and Committee Chair, Mr Graham Perrett MP, an extension to

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It’s Your Investment; Get Involved!

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BY: KATIE TODD, TEAM LEADER Why don’t owners vote nor have an interest in their body corporate? Many Community managers are often amazed by the lack of response from owners regarding attendance at their annual general meeting (AGM). AGMs occur once a year and generally

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The WOW factor

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Standing on the sustainable decking material at Ridges Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast, looking over the heated pools, tennis courts, BBQ area and gym I thought to myself “WOW”. FKP, an SSKB client, aims to open their new recreational … Continue reading

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Is strata better in China or Australia?

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My personal interest was to investigate how strata plans, which are run to a very democratic model in Australia, are managed within the Chinese Communist System. I cannot claim I have gotten to understand strata in China yet, but I did learn some lessons and I had an opportunity to reflect on where the Australian property industry is at, and where community title legislation sits.

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Living in Strata

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What is Living in Strata? Living in Strata is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable information on everything relating to Strata. It is built in collaboration by contributors from Australia wide. You can read more about Living in Strata on the

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Do you know what your Marina means to your Strata Scheme obligations?

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Has your Strata Scheme budget taken into account any Marina component of your development? There are many models that a Marina can be established under and identifying which model relates to your scheme, is crucial for disclosure of outgoing costs … Continue reading

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