20th Jul 2020

In this time of uncertainty, it is critical that vulnerable community members have reliable and equitable access to food and essential items. That’s why the Strata Plan team have recently collaborated with Jerry’s Milkbar in Elwood and Vetta Pasta to play our part in supporting those in need during the COVID-19 lockdown. After recently learning that Jerry’s Milkbar are buying the ingredients and making approximately 600 meals per week for those in need, ...

20th May 2020

Your Owners Corporation must ensure that all Owners pay their fees and to pursue any arrears in good faith. In the event that an Owners Corporation does not wish to offer payment plans, or a Lot Owner defaults on a payment plan, Strata Plan suggest that VCAT proceedings be issued sooner, rather than later. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has announced that it will recommence fee recovery hearings via telephone conference ...

20th May 2020

At Strata plan we are completely aware of, and understand, the current challenges that we are all facing. We will continue our efforts to communicate with your Owners Corporation and/or Committee, as the need arises to seek their instructions for issues that are raised by Lot Owners with regards to any financial hardships or delays in Levy Payments. It is important to note, that whilst your Owners Corporation is legally obliged to ensure ...

20th May 2020

As we approach the end of the financial year, our Owners Corporation Managers are busy working with Committees and Lot Owners for a jam-packed Annual General Meeting season. This year is a little different for AGM’s, with in-person meetings not being conducted due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever is an important time to be involved in, and to support, your Owners Corporation and Owners Corporation Committee by attending the ...

20th May 2020

The global Coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything experienced before in our lifetime. It is vital that Owners Corporations respond to the crisis promptly and work collaboratively with their Managers to stay informed and on top of the situation. During these times, Strata plan faces a unique set of challenges in keeping the people who live and work in our Life Spaces safe. The imposed restrictions and expected time frame have certainly brought new ...

24th Jun 2019

How A Few Hours A Year Can Shape Your Owners Corporation As we approach the end of the financial year, our Owners Corporation management team are busy working with committees and lot owners for a jam-packed Annual General Meeting season. Each Owners Corporation is required to have an AGM every 15 months and these meetings are crucial to the operation of every Owners Corporation. These meetings are open to all owners or their ...

31st May 2019

Why Annual General Meetings matter for Owners Corporations, big or small Strata Plan manages a wide range of Owners Corporations, from the multi-structure, mixed-use developments with hundreds of lots, right down to developments of three townhouses. Across the board, the average turnout of lot owners for an Annual General Meeting within our portfolio hovers somewhere between 10% and 20%, however, when it comes to smaller developments (usually up to 10 or so lots) ...

27th May 2019

Townhouses and Owners Corporations Owners Corporations are not just for huge, multi-purpose buildings with hundreds of apartments and commercial tenancies. Owners Corporations are an equally big part of smaller unit or townhouse style developments. An Owners Corporation is formed as soon as a property is subdivided into smaller lots and common property is created. This means you could have an Owners Corporation governing anything from two lots up. Whether an Owners Corporation governs ...

24th May 2019

Strata Plan advises all customers that levies for the July quarter have been struck and sent out via email and post. These levies cover the period of July 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019. Please be advised that these latest levies are due on July 1, 2019. The timely payment of these levies is crucial to ensuring your Owners Corporation has funds to pay for building services, utility bills and insurance. Levies are ...

2nd May 2019

Owners Corporations cannot afford to ignore building notices As building notices continue to be issued to buildings across Melbourne, property owners are becoming increasingly frustrated with the pressure being put on them to remove and replace the cladding installed on their buildings. One question being asked by many lot owners is whether or not the notice can simply be ignored or passed onto the builder. As the current owner of the common property, ...

29th Apr 2019

As the Victorian Building Authority’s cladding audit continues, fire safety is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Even buildings without flammable cladding should always consider ways they can make their homes even safer. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and while your Owners Corporation has a responsibility to ensure the maintenance of any essential safety systems, such as Fire Indicator Panels (FIP), sprinkler systems, fire doors and anything else listed on your building’s ...

26th Apr 2019

Owners Corporations Must Seek Cladding Answers Australian cladding experts and building surveyors AESG have reaffirmed that owners should work proactively to understand what materials have been used on their building. The Victorian Building Authority and local councils are continuing to audit buildings and are issuing building notices at an increasing rate. ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel) and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) are the main types of cladding the audit is looking to identify and remove ...

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