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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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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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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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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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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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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Occupational Health and Safety for RUMs

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One of the most important duties of RUMS, Caretakers and Property Managers is ensuring the scheme is fully up to date with occupational health and safety requirements. Under current nationally harmonised occupational health and safety legislation, everyone who finds themselves in a workplace has an

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Seven (Potentially) Deadly Sins

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It’s the small details that count – and when it comes to safety, those small details matter in big ways. The Star BMS team has noticed that many strata communities experience fall foul of seven simple but very important faults. But the good news is,

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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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In-home Tech For Apartment Living

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SSKB Strata Managers is taking a look at some to the high tech gizmos and gadgets to make apartment living even better. Some of the things we’re featuring are high concept, others are available to purchase right now. Sometimes apartment living – and its space

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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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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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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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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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