Emma Smith, Author at SSKB - Strata Managers | Community Experts
Strata Q&A

Strata Q&A

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The terminology and legislation that comes with Strata living is something that not everyone understands or even comes across until we purchase into a Strata property. The SSKB team has created a FAQ to answer some of our most frequently asked questions by unit owners.

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Balcony Safety Fears

Balcony Safety Fears

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On Christmas Eve 2018, residents of Sydney’s Opal Tower were forced to evacuate from their homes due to cracking appearing in the structure of the building. Since then, the media has been highlighting defects within the Strata industry, with Opal Tower being the next big

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SSKB Gold Coast Seminar

SSKB Gold Coast Seminar

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Last Wednesday SSKB hosted a Seminar in conjunction with MBA Lawyers. The Seminar featured the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management, Chris Irons. Hot topics of the night were pets, visitor parking, changes to the BCCM (Standard Module) and the recording of meetings and

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Women in Management Rights

Women in Management Rights

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Last Wednesday SSKB and Freedom Internet partnered to bring Brisbane the launch of a networking group for Women in Management Rights. The group is co-ordinated by Marisa Millane, an experienced industry veteran who has been running Women in Management on the Gold Coast for the

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Insurance

Insurance

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Strata Insurance is essential for Bodies Corporate and Owners Corporations as it covers the property and common contents of the scheme. The premium costs of Strata insurance are typically shared between all lot owners in the scheme. However, the last 12 months in the Strata

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Where Exactly Do Your Body Corporate Fees Go

Where exactly do your Body Corporate fees go?

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At times new Owners may not understand where their Body Corporate levies go and may assume that their levies are paying only for the Body Corporate Manager. However, your levies cover the costs for everything that it takes to maintain your Body Corporate scheme annually

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Cladding update

Cladding Update

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Over the past two years since the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower in London in 2017, the fire safety risks associated with combustible and non-compliant cladding on high-rise buildings has been highlighted. Although the presence of combustible cladding is Australia wide, each state has

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Mascot Towers Update – Special Levy

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Cracking in Sydney’s Mascot Towers building saw residents of 132 apartments evacuated in mid-June this year. It has now been 3 months since the evacuation and residents are still unsure when they will return to their homes. A motion to raise a $7 million special

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Gardens in Strata

Gardens in Strata

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Spring is here! And with spring comes the perfect time to get on top of your gardening. If you are part of the 2 million Australians who live in an apartment, the responsibility to maintain the gardens in your common property falls on the Body

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Mascot Towers Defect

Mascot Towers Defect

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It has been one week since residents of the Mascot Towers building located in the south of Sydney were forced to evacuate. The evacuation was sparked by major cracks appearing in the beams of the building. Access for owners and residents Following the sudden evacuation,

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Change to Queensland Health Public Swimming Pool Approvals

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It has been requested by Queensland Health that Local Governments manage the public health risks that are associated with public swimming pools under the Public Health Act. As of 1 July 2019 a new annual approval fee for swimming pools will be applied based on

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How To Conduct a Successful Meeting

How To Conduct a Successful Meeting

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From working with people from different backgrounds and knowledge bases, 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 stay 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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