30th Jan 2018

Airbnb in apartments - where do Owners Corporations stand? As Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms continue to see a massive increase in popularity and use, Owners Corporations around Australia are looking for answers. For individual lot owners, there are a lot of positives that go along with leasing through Airbnb or another similar platform. Higher returns as opposed to more traditional six or 12-month leases and better cashflow are just two reasons ...

9th Jan 2018

What is an Owners Corporation Proxy? At Strata Plan, we truly believe that active ownership is the best ownership. Sometimes, personal circumstances – such as living interstate or overseas, medical conditions or emergencies – mean taking an active interest in your Owners Corporation isn’t directly possible. Appointing a proxy is an effective way to ensure your voice is heard. DID YOU KNOW: If your lot is owned under a company name or business, ...

5th Jan 2018

Keeping cool in Owners CorporationsWhen it comes to extreme temperatures and apartments, it doesn't take long for things to heat up.If you live in an apartment building it's important to prepare for the heat and ensure that your neighbours, especially the elderly are looked after.The extreme heat can become very uncomfortable in medium and high-density buildings, particularly older ones where split-system air conditioning systems were not standard inclusions.The Moonee Valley City Council has ...

3rd Jan 2018

Your Owners Corporation affects your private lot value Buying property is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. But when you buy into a strata-titled property, you are buying more than just your four walls. You are buying into a community, and to improve the value of that investment, you need to play an active role in that community. According to Hay Property Group director Alan Stubbings, all owners should ...

22nd Dec 2017

Managing Nuisance Pets In Your Owners Corproation In September 2016, VCAT made a ruling which effectively made it impossible for an Owners Corporation to place a blanket ban on pets within their buildings. The ruling stated that pets could not be banned on the presumption that they could be a nuisance to fellow lot owners and residents. But what about when a pet does become a nuisance? Now we know what pet owners ...

22nd Dec 2017

Happy Pets Are Not Nuisance Pets Pets. You either love them or you hate them. In shared living spaces, the divide between pet lovers and those less inclined to have a furry friend of their own can be a difficult one to manage. How do you ensure pet owners maintain their rights to the enjoyment of their property while ensuring the harmony of common areas for all involved? Owners Corporations are limited in ...

22nd Dec 2017

Stay Safe These Holidays With holidays and the accompanying exodus of vacation-goers fast approaching, Strata Plan is warning customer to remain extra vigilant over the holidays While everyone should take extra security precautions before heading off on holiday, Strata Plan is advising those living in apartments to be doubly careful before locking the door and setting off. With visitors coming and going at a higher rate than usual, the chances of unauthorised persons ...

21st Dec 2017

Four tips for making the holidays a great time for all in your Strata block The Christmas and New Year period is a wonderful time for so many reasons. Whether it be time spent with family, the chance to get away or long overdue catch-ups with friends, there is plenty to be excited about. However, for those who live the strata life, these times can also quickly turn into stressful ones. Additional visitors ...

20th Dec 2017

AirBNB and Insurance: A match made in hell? AirBNB has been a hot-topic for Owners Corporations and their members  with apartment owners and occupiers concerned about the nature of short-term leases and their effects on the buildings in which they occur. The Victorian government is trying to find the right balance between allowing property owners the freedom to use their property as they see fit, while protecting the rights of neighbours and other ...

18th Dec 2017

Owners Corporations and Insurance Valuations: A fluid concept When it comes to building insurance, the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006 is pretty clear. You simply have to insure your property. The Act says all Owners Corporations must take out replacement and reinstatement insurance for all buildings on their common property. But what amount of cover should your building have? And how often does that value need to change? That’s where insurance valuations come ...

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