What is Strata?
A strata community is the name given to people who live in a strata-titled building.
A strata title is a legal structure designed for apartment buildings, townhouse complexes. It even extends to industrial parks, office buildings and shopping centres.
When you purchase in a strata-titled building, you’ve not just bought an apartment or a lot, but you’ve also bought part of the building itself and all the associated common areas (such as hallways or facilities such as a swimming pool or a lift).
Owners are responsible for the maintenance of their own lot and the upkeep of all of the common areas as well.
Depending in which state you live in, a strata community may be referred to as:
Terminology changes from state-to-state but the purpose is the broadly the same.
What is the purpose of a Body Corporate?
A Body Corporate exists to manage issues mutual interest to all the owners. They include:
What are the responsibilities of a Body Corporate?
The responsibilities of a Body Corporate governed by legislation.
In a nutshell, the duties are:
The Body Corporate is not legally able to do anything other than fulfil these mandatory responsibilities.
In performing these duties, the Body Corporate can enter into contracts, employ staff and generally deal with property. Unlike a commercial company, it cannot conduct businesses, such as a letting agency, tour operation or restaurant.
How Is A Body Corporate Financed?
Every owner makes contributions, known as levies. These are pooled to maintain the community and common areas. The size and frequency of the contributions required to properly run the Body Corporate are decided by all owners at the annual general meeting.
How Does the Body Corporate Make Decisions?
Decisions are made by owners in two ways:
It is important to note that no individual acting in isolation can make a decision on behalf of all the owners.
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