4th Jul 2018

We often hear of the Owners Corporation’s responsibility to act in good faith on behalf of fellow owners. In fact, the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006, says as much. In keeping with this, the Owners Corporation’s must also act reasonably when making decisions. But what is reasonable? Billed as one of the most significant strata cases in recent times, Ainsworth v Albrecht – which originated in Queensland – dealt with and set precedent ...

26th Jun 2018

Chairpersons and their role: From the chairpeople Volunteering and being nominated as chairperson of an Owners Corporation is a big responsibility, but it's also a privilege. Your owners have elected you to look out for their best interests. Strata Plan discussed the role with one such person, Mario Gomzelj, who chairs the committee at Sandy Hill, a four-building development with over 400 apartments.  Stepping up to claim a spot on your Owners Corporation ...

14th Jun 2018

What Does A Good Owners Corporation Committee Do? The Million Dollar Question. What makes a great Owners Corporation committee? That is literally the million dollar question. Your Owners Corporation is responsible for insuring, maintaining and repairing all common property at your building, as well as budgeting for, the collection of and expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In doing so, the Owners Corporation should be protecting and/or improving the value of a ...

25th May 2018

THE DBDRV – A NEW WAY TO SOLVE BUILDING DISPUTES? In April 2017, the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) was established by the Victorian government. A business unit of the Department of Justice and Regulation, the DBDRV was established as an independent government agency to assist with the resolution of domestic building disputes. The service is free to building owners – such as an Owners Corporation - and builders and acts as ...

21st May 2018

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY | HELPING AN OWNERS CORPORATION MANAGE AND RECTIFY BUILDING DEFECTS Strata Plan believes that Owners Corporations work best when owners take an active interest in their property and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to co-create amazing outcomes. And when it comes to amazing outcomes, it does not get much better than having $100,000s worth of building defect rectification for mere $1,000s. For some property owners, this ...

3rd May 2018

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF VISITOR CAR PARKINGIf there is one niggly issue that clogs up so many of our Strata Managers’ inboxes, it’s complaints about car parks. In fact, car parks are one of the most troublesome issues in the strata industry - for managers, owners and occupants alike.On a daily basis, Strata Plan will receive emails and phone calls from owners, tenants and employees alike about people parking in the wrong ...

24th Apr 2018

Energy Efficiency: How does your Owners Corporation and Building Stack Up? Ever wondered how your building compares to others out there? Soon, you will be able to do just that. The NABERS program has been around for 20 years, benchmarking the energy efficiency of commercial properties by measuring their consumption and expenditure and now the rating tool is coming to residential buildings and your Owners Corporation. If you’ve ever pondered why some building ...

23rd Apr 2018

Identifying Defects When it comes to suspected building defects, it’s important to know all the facts. Defects are an emotional topic for property owners – however it is often a topic that is rife with misinformation, opinions and competing interests. This can make the process of defect rectification a painstakingly long one. The typical defect process can take over a year to resolve and cost 10s of thousands of dollars to finish. To ...

17th Apr 2018

CONTAMINATED RECYCLING BINS A HAZARD FOR ALL The fallout from China’s foreign recycling import ban continues to affect property owners and waste management service providers alike. China announced it would no longer import recyclable waste products from overseas counties in July 2017, and all of a sudden, Australian recyclers had to find somewhere else for the 619,000 tonnes of materials China used to take on board. The result has meant that recyclers have ...

16th Apr 2018

Building Defects: A community issue Building defects are a community issue. They take a team of committed and united lot owners to co-create solutions and forge a successful path to rectification. Factions of fractured owners with different goals and agendas will never get their building’s issues sorted. Your Owners Corporation is the body that enables all owners to work together to solve the issues that affect the entire community within a building - ...

9th Apr 2018

Communication = Community - Why your Owners Corporation Committee Needs To Communicate Communication is key to every working relationship. That much is true of our personal lives and our working lives and it applies equally to property ownership, particularly in Owners Corporations. Not everyone has the time to commit to an active role on your Owners Corporation’s committee, which means communication between those that do and those that do not is crucial to ...

3rd Apr 2018

City Council Seminar For Strata Owners The City of Melbourne is hosting a seminar for property owners who have bought into strata titles. The workshop, which will be hosted on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at the Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, will provide strata owners the perfect chance to learn more about how they can participate in change at their property. The workshop has been designed to help you understand more about ...

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