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Your Vision Post Lockdown With Greg Layton

Your Vision Post Lockdown with Greg Layton

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We are now over half-way through our Resilience in ISO webinar series, and have now unfortunately been hit with an extension on the lockdown. The mental health and wellbeing of our clients and staff in Melbourne is a top priority, and with 2 sessions left we hope

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Practicing Mindfulness in Your Apartment

Practicing Mindfulness in Your Apartment

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Melbourne has always been seen as the social city and, for many, the sports, arts and cafe capital of Australia. But the city’s atmosphere and vibrancy have been halted with the recent restriction measures  and it will continue to feel this impact for the weeks coming. SSKB’s client base is primarily living in apartments with limited space, many of

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A friendly reminder from your WH&S Committee

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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What Are 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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Now Is The Time To Be Storm Ready

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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Now Is The Time To Be Storm Read

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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Now Is The Time To Be Storm Ready

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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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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Where Do I Find My OC Rules

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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Go Smart, 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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Paws for thought

‘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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Permission For Pets - Victoria

Permission For Pets – Victoria

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Pets are part of the family but it is completely understandable that an OC Committee might want to pause for thought, before giving the ‘paws up’ to a new addition to the neighbourhood. Some Owners Corporation communities have specific rules which put specific conditions on

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Great Meetings are on the Agenda

Great Meetings Are On The Agenda – Vic

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Life is too short to spend in meetings, so anything that begins 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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Exclusive Use of Common Property

Common Property Lease or License – Victoria

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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

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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