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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 ...

20th Dec 2018

Strata Plan introduces new phone system to help create greater efficiencies for Melbourne Body Corporate customers You may notice some changes the next time you call Strata Plan. Strata Plan has introduced a new call queue system to help our customers get where they need to go within the business more efficiently. The new queue will allow customers to go directly to the team that ...

17th Dec 2018

Don't Double Up On Owners Corporation Insurance Over the last few weeks, Strata Plan has received a number of calls from customers with questions about building insurance. In particular, it has become apparent that some customers who own lots which are units or townhouses have organised their own building insurance, essentially doubling up on insurance costs. Whether your property is one unit on a three-lot ...

29th Nov 2018

Help Make Your Owners Corporation A Happy Place This Festive Season With Christmas and a New Year fast approaching, vertical communities all over Melbourne are preparing for the festive season. Apartment blocks and townhouse developments can become interesting places as residents host various end of year celebrations. Perhaps your Owners Corporation is planning a celebration of its own. For those who live the strata life, ...

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 ...

29th Oct 2018

New Airbnb Laws – How Do They Work For Your Melbourne Owners Corporation?New Airbnb laws are now in force in Victoria and wherever you stand on the debate, it is important to know how these laws affect you and your Owners Corporation and how they can be enforced in practice.Strata Plan sat down with Elizabeth Chase from the Madison Marcus law firm to find out ...

29th Oct 2018

Three Things To Do After Your Owners Corporation’s Annual General MeetingWith another Annual General Meeting (AGM) season almost in the books, it is important for owners to remember that being a member of your Owners Corporation does not start and end with a General Meeting.An Annual General Meeting is a great time for all owners to come together and look at the past 12 months, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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