9th Apr 2019

Strata Plan Building Security Tips Media reports that would-be thieves are dressing up as Uber Eats drivers to gain access to the common property in apartment buildings serves as another reminder of the importance of a communal approach to building safety. Security is one of the most listed benefits of apartment living, however, even the most complex security systems can come undone if residents simply let those with no business on the property ...

27th Feb 2019

Settlements and Adjustments in an Owners Corporation: What You Need To Know Whether you have ever bought or sold a property, the settlement process can be stressful and even confusing. When the property in question is a part of an Owners Corporation, this can be doubly true. Strata Plan fields plenty of questions from new property owners who are unsure about costs they may have paid at settlement, whether as the person selling ...

7th Feb 2019

Cladding Rectification Agreements: How have we come to this [caption id="attachment_1527" align="alignright" width="525"] Photo: Andrew Henshaw (Herald Sun)[/caption] The prevalent use of combustible cladding throughout the Australian construction industry over the last 15 or so years has presented a number of challenges in recent times. Two fires in Melbourne, most recently on Monday 5 February on Spencer St in the CBD, as well as the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 which claimed ...

6th Feb 2019

Multiple Owners Corporations and Your Property If you are receiving multiple levy invoices for the same property, it is probably because your property is affected by multiple Owners Corporations. Multiple Owners Corporations are often used within the one development to help owners share costs and responsibilities and are particularly common in buildings with a mix of residential and commercial lots, or developments with multiple buildings or a mix of townhouses and apartments. In ...

5th Feb 2019

Melbourne Apartment Fire Reminds Owners Corporations That Inaction Is Not An Option As the fall-out continues to the latest Melbourne apartment building fire, the inaction and finger-pointing that has plagued the work of the Victorian Government’s Cladding Taskforce has been highlighted once again. Former Victorian premier and co-chairperson of the Cladding Taskforce, Ted Baillieu, revealed that the Spencer St building which caught fire on the morning of February 4, 2019, had been issued ...

11th Jan 2019

Building Security For Apartment BuildingsThe recent shocking and violent attack at a St Kilda apartment block serves as a timely reminder that building security is a communal effort in Owners Corporations.Apartments are often highly rated by property purchaser and renters alike because of security benefits.Most modern buildings have intercom systems which allow occupiers to identify owners before allowing them access to the building, while there are often registered key systems and fob access ...

21st Dec 2018

Strata Plan Christmas Hours Strata Plan will remain open throughout the Christmas period to assist with all your Owners Corporation needs. Historically, we see much less calls and requests over the festive period, but are ready to help nonetheless. If you have not already, please check out our Four Tips for a Harmonious Festive Period in Your Building for guidance on how to play your part in ensuring your building is a happy ...

29th Nov 2018

Help Make Your Owners Corporation A Happy Place This Festive Season With Christmas and a New Year fast approaching, vertical communities all over Melbourne are preparing for the festive season. Apartment blocks and townhouse developments can become interesting places as residents host various end of year celebrations. Perhaps your Owners Corporation is planning a celebration of its own. For those who live the strata life, these times can also quickly turn into stressful ...

29th Oct 2018

New Airbnb Laws – How Do They Work For Your Melbourne Owners Corporation?New Airbnb laws are now in force in Victoria and wherever you stand on the debate, it is important to know how these laws affect you and your Owners Corporation and how they can be enforced in practice.Strata Plan sat down with Elizabeth Chase from the Madison Marcus law firm to find out more.Airbnb and Melbourne Owners Corporations – New Laws ...

29th Oct 2018

Three Things To Do After Your Owners Corporation’s Annual General MeetingWith another Annual General Meeting (AGM) season almost in the books, it is important for owners to remember that being a member of your Owners Corporation does not start and end with a General Meeting.An Annual General Meeting is a great time for all owners to come together and look at the past 12 months, as well as plan for the next 12 ...

13th Sep 2018

Understanding Embedded Networks within your Owners Corporation As more and more strata developments are built, embedded electricity networks are becoming a fact of life for many Australians.The use of embedded networks are proving increasingly popular with developers, but are not always greeted with the same enthusiasm by the people who eventually purchase and reside in the apartments.This is mainly due to a lack of understanding of the potential benefits an embedded network can bring ...

10th Sep 2018

Owners Corporation Committees: Some Do's and Don'tsAs we continue to fly through the Annual General Meeting season here at Strata Plan, we are seeing a healthy number of bright-eyed new committee members making the step up to become actively involved in the management of their property.Of course, there is also a solid number of seasoned veterans who continue to volunteer their time as committee members of their Owners Corporation.The contributions of lot owners ...

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