22nd Nov 2018

New Owners Corporation Regulations Introduce New Model Rules For Melbourne Body CorporatesThe Owners Corporations Regulations 2018 will come into effect on 2 December 2018, meaning additional regulations will be in place to complement the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006.The new regulations are headlined by changes to the Modern Rules, rules which govern all Owners Corporations as standard, as well as changes to maintenance plans which help to further define the “major capital items” ...

26th Sep 2018

Cladding Rectification Agreements for Melbourne Owners CorporationsProperty owners continue to face a nervous wait as they desperately await further news on the Victorian government’s plans to help Owners Corporations deal with illegal cladding on their buildings.However, a new analysis of the proposed Cladding Rectification Agreements (CRA) currently being considered by the Victorian parliament has been shared offering greater insight into how such agreements would work.In July, Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne introduced new ...

23rd Sep 2018

Could Victoria's New Rental Laws Increase VCAT Disputes?Victoria’s new rental laws look set to be put to the test with The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal expecting a flood of new disputes as a result of the reforms, according to one former tribunal member.Having sat on VCAT for 15 years, former member William Holloway knows all about the long wait times for disputes to be heard and addressed at the tribunal and said ...

11th Sep 2018

Pet Rules Now Tougher To Enforce For Melbourne Owners CorporationsLast week (September 7, 2018) the Victorian parliament passed new laws which hope to afford tenants greater security and protection which further erode the power of Owners Corporations to enforce no-pet rules at their properties.As a result of the new laws, Victorian renters will be the best protected in the country.With more than one in four Victorians renting their home, the state government promised ...

14th Aug 2018

New Strata Laws For Airbnb - But Are They More Trouble Than They Are Worth For Melbourne Owners Corporations?New laws giving the Victorian Civil and Administrative tribunal greater powers to deal with troublesome short-term leases passed Victorian parliament last week.However, the new laws stop well short of giving Owners Corporations the power to regulate whether or not short-term leases, such as those organised through platforms like Airbnb or Stayz, are permissible in their buildings.Property ...

1st Aug 2018

Strata Plan invited to join expert Owners Corporation management panel Strata Plan was recently hand-picked by some of the industry’s largest and influential firms and to become part of an Australian panel to look at innovative solutions for the industry. As one of nine companies from across Australia, the panel represented over 25% of all strata schemes across the country, approx. 78,000 buildings and 640,000 lots. (A recent study conducted by the City ...

27th Jul 2018

New laws for low-rate "Cladding Rectification" loans to be considered by Victorian parliament Owners Corporations could soon have access to low-interest loans for the removal of flammable cladding on their buildings. New laws were introduced to the state parliament on Thursday by Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne, which will allow for the creation of Cladding Rectification Agreements between building owners, local councils and lenders. The laws would allow lenders to offer low-rate loans ...

12th Jul 2018

Insuring your property is one of your Owners Corporation’s non-negotiables. It simply has to be done as per the Owners Corporation Act VIC 2006. However, some customers may have noticed that premiums for cover have been rising at a steady rate recently. Strata Plan sat down with CHU Strata Insurance Business Development Manager Scott Allen to chat about the state of the strata insurance market and what is causing the rises. A PRICE ...

6th Jun 2018

Owners Corporations in Melbourne may be looking at their Sydney counterparts with some envy after the New South Wales government announced a raft of short stay reforms this week. The NSW government is set to impose a 180-day cap on the number of days empty properties can be rented in Sydney, as well as giving Owners Corporations the power to ban Airbnb in their buildings. The cap would only apply to Sydney and ...

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 ...

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 ...

21st Mar 2018

China Recycling Ban To Impact Body Corporate Waste Costs? Who would have thought that China's foreign policy would have such ramifications on the humble Owners Corporation? Unfortunately, a recent policy shift from the Asian superpower is set to have a big impact on Owners Corporations and their costs with respect to waste management - and it could be an even bigger pain than dealing with hard waste! Prior to 2018, China was the ...

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