9th Apr 2019

Strata Plan Building Security Tips Media reports that would-be thieves are dressing up as Uber Eats drivers to gain access to the common property in apartment buildings serves as another reminder of the importance of a communal approach to building safety. Security is one of the most listed benefits of apartment living, however, even the most complex security systems can come undone if residents simply ...

27th Feb 2019

Settlements and Adjustments in an Owners Corporation: What You Need To Know Whether you have ever bought or sold a property, the settlement process can be stressful and even confusing. When the property in question is a part of an Owners Corporation, this can be doubly true. Strata Plan fields plenty of questions from new property owners who are unsure about costs they may have ...

22nd Feb 2019

Strata Plan customers are advised that their Owners Corporations levies for the upcoming April quarter of the 2018/19 Financial Year will be struck over the next two weeks. The levies being struck are for the period dated April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019 and are due on April 1, 2019. The payment of these levies by the due date is crucial to ensuring your ...

7th Feb 2019

Cladding Rectification Agreements: How have we come to this [caption id="attachment_1527" align="alignright" width="525"] Photo: Andrew Henshaw (Herald Sun)[/caption] The prevalent use of combustible cladding throughout the Australian construction industry over the last 15 or so years has presented a number of challenges in recent times. Two fires in Melbourne, most recently on Monday 5 February on Spencer St in the CBD, as well as the ...

6th Feb 2019

Multiple Owners Corporations and Your Property If you are receiving multiple levy invoices for the same property, it is probably because your property is affected by multiple Owners Corporations. Multiple Owners Corporations are often used within the one development to help owners share costs and responsibilities and are particularly common in buildings with a mix of residential and commercial lots, or developments with multiple buildings ...

5th Feb 2019

Melbourne Apartment Fire Reminds Owners Corporations That Inaction Is Not An Option As the fall-out continues to the latest Melbourne apartment building fire, the inaction and finger-pointing that has plagued the work of the Victorian Government’s Cladding Taskforce has been highlighted once again. Former Victorian premier and co-chairperson of the Cladding Taskforce, Ted Baillieu, revealed that the Spencer St building which caught fire on the ...

3rd Feb 2019

Grenfell Cladding Suspected In Latest Melbourne Apartment Fire [caption id="attachment_1527" align="alignright" width="525"] Photo: Andrew Henshaw (Herald Sun)[/caption] Melbourne apartment owners can expect further scrutiny around the building materials used on their building after a Spencer St building caught fire in the CBD on February 4, 2019. It is suspected the building is covered in the same cladding materials used on the Grenfell Tower in London. The ...

17th Jan 2019

VCAT Offers Validation For Subtle Short-Stay ControlsA recent VCAT decision confirmed that Owners Corporations in Melbourne do not have the authority to implement a blanket ban on short-stay leasing within their buildings.However, it did offer validation for some other methods an Owners Corporation can use to have greater control over short-stay tenancies.The case centred around a building named The Imperial in Doncaster, where the Owners ...

15th Jan 2019

VCAT Smashes Owners Corporation’s Short Stay LawsMelbourne Owners Corporations were issued another reminder by VCAT that they cannot impose bans on short-stay apartments within the buildings they manage.An Owners Corporation in Doncaster was taken to VCAT by an apartment owner from within the building, alleging that the Owners Corporation had gone as far as cancelling access devices to the common property to try and stop ...

11th Jan 2019

Building Security For Apartment BuildingsThe recent shocking and violent attack at a St Kilda apartment block serves as a timely reminder that building security is a communal effort in Owners Corporations.Apartments are often highly rated by property purchaser and renters alike because of security benefits.Most modern buildings have intercom systems which allow occupiers to identify owners before allowing them access to the building, while there ...

8th Jan 2019

VCAT Decisions Reminds Owners Corporations in Melbourne of Need to Act Reasonably when considering owners with disabilities. Melbourne Owners Corporations were served a stark reminder of their duties to members with disabilities last month following another landmark decision from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Two Owners Corporations responsible for maintaining an apartment complex in Travancore were ordered to pay a 76-year-old woman with physical ...

21st Dec 2018

Strata Plan Christmas Hours Strata Plan will remain open throughout the Christmas period to assist with all your Owners Corporation needs. Historically, we see much less calls and requests over the festive period, but are ready to help nonetheless. If you have not already, please check out our Four Tips for a Harmonious Festive Period in Your Building for guidance on how to play your ...

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