2nd May 2019

Owners Corporations cannot afford to ignore building notices As building notices continue to be issued to buildings across Melbourne, property owners are becoming increasingly frustrated with the pressure being put on them to remove and replace the cladding installed on their buildings. One question being asked by many lot owners is whether or not the notice can simply be ignored or passed onto the builder. ...

29th Apr 2019

As the Victorian Building Authority’s cladding audit continues, fire safety is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Even buildings without flammable cladding should always consider ways they can make their homes even safer. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and while your Owners Corporation has a responsibility to ensure the maintenance of any essential safety systems, such as Fire Indicator Panels (FIP), sprinkler systems, fire ...

26th Apr 2019

Owners Corporations Must Seek Cladding Answers Australian cladding experts and building surveyors AESG have reaffirmed that owners should work proactively to understand what materials have been used on their building. The Victorian Building Authority and local councils are continuing to audit buildings and are issuing building notices at an increasing rate. ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel) and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) are the main types of cladding ...

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 ...

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