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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

14th Aug 2018

WHAT'S BEING DISCUSSED AT YOUR OWNERS CORPORATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING?With the Annual General Meeting season well and truly underway here at Strata Plan, it’s been a great opportunity for our Strata Managers and their supporting staff to meet so many of our customers.For some customers, it has been the first time they have attended an AGM, while others might be considered Owners Corporation veterans.Unfortunately, Strata ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

25th Jul 2018

MAINTAIN AND REPAIR: WHY YOU AND YOUR OWNERS CORPORATION SHOULD NOT RELY ON INSURANCE ALONE TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY Owners Corporations in Melbourne have been warned that having building insurance is not an excuse to neglect your building’s most important assets. Often, owners attend Annual General Meetings and question costs of maintenance and servicing, particularly with insurance there to cover any breakdowns of assets. However, ...

17th Jul 2018

CLADDING IN MELBOURNE: AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION The controversial topic of combustible cladding and its widespread use on buildings in Melbourne is never too far from the thoughts of those in the strata industry. From Owners Corporation managers to property owners, developers and builders, as well as local councils and of course the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the scrutiny on cladding in Melbourne has been intensified ...

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 ...

6th Jul 2018

Your Owners Corporation and working with owners and occupants with disabilities Melbourne Owners Corporations large and small were dealt a stern warning by the Supreme Court of Victoria in late June. In the decision of Owners Corporation OC1-POS539033E v Black [2018] VSC 337, which was handed down on June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of Victoria smashed the assumption that Owners Corporations did not have ...

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 ...

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