Emma Smith, Author at SSKB - Strata Managers | Community Experts
How To Conduct a Successful Meeting

How To Conduct a Successful Meeting

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From working with people with different backgrounds and knowledge base, to a disgruntled  owner that wants an unreasonable request granted, it can be stressful trying to hold productive committee meetings. Effective committee meetings are essential to the successful running of your Body Corporate / Owners

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Why You Need A Sinking Fund

Why Do You Need a Sinking Fund?

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One of the benefits of living in a Body Corporate is the fact that everyone contributes to the future upkeep of the property. This is done through regular savings. What is a sinking fund? A Body Corporate’s sinking fund is effectively a deposit which exists

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4 Tips For Heating Your Apartment This Winter

4 Tips for Heating Your Apartment This Winter

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Winter is officially here, and boy are we feeling it!! It always seems to be that your home can’t stay cool in summer and warm in winter. So, how do you still warm in the cooler months? Seal it up There is no mistaking the

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NSW Resident Dispute Leads to $120,000 For The Chairperson of the Strata Committee

NSW Resident Dispute Leads to $120,000 For The Chairperson of The Strata Committee

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The story below was published by The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 May. It refers to an owners dispute that has had real and financial consequences for the parties involved. It is a timely reminder that strata communities do not exist in isolation to those

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general meetings

General Meetings – QLD

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There are three types of general meetings in Queensland: The First Annual General Meeting (1st AGM) Subsequent Annual General Meetings (AGM) Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) What are the obligations for the 1st AGM? The Act outlines meeting obligations for bodies corporate. Particular requirements are made

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Cladding deadline Extended

Cladding Deadlines Extended

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An extension has been announced for the QBCC combustible cladding deadlines. Parts 2 and 3a have been changed. At SSKB we have been working hard and engaging industry professionals to meet the original deadlines. For some committees it is a breath of fresh air to

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SSKB Strata Managers welcomes guest author Kimberley Lundberg from IAGB to talk landlord insurance.

Landlords Insurance in a Strata Complex

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Guest post by Kimberley Lundberg from Insurance Aid General Brokers If you own and rent a unit or lot in a strata managed complex, you might be tempted to think that the insurance your body corporate pays on your behalf (Strata Insurance) will protect you

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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 has made a list and checked it twice- here's what you need to do before hanging out your Christmas decorations

It’s Christmas Time In The City*

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! But before you ‘jingle all the way’ with the Christmas spirit, there are a few things to bear in mind before you deck the halls. You’ll need to check with your Body Corporate or Owners Corporation before

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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 OC Rules – Vic

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If you live in an Owners Corporation community, the chances are you’ve heard of something called rules (or OC Rules). These are the rules all the owners have agreed to abide by. The rules are voted on by all owners. Owners Corporations can choose to

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