26th Feb 2018

Airbnb data highlights need for government leadership Alarming new data has heightened the concerns of apartment owner-occupiers across Melbourne with respect to Airbnb and other short-stay leasing in the Victorian capital. As it stands, Owners Corporations are relatively powerless to make and enforce rules with respect to short-term leasing in their buildings. Even leading Strata lawyers have urged caution from Owners Corporations considering taking legal ...

23rd Feb 2018

Sandy Hill: Functional living by the bay Strata Plan is proud to play a role in the management of over 600 buildings across Melbourne. Those buildings come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as impressive and pack as many features as Sandringham's Sandy Hill development. The 400-lot development, spread over four buildings is a stunning combination of modern design with all the functionality ...

20th Feb 2018

Your Owners Corporation Fees: What Are They? How Are They Calculated? What Do They Pay For? As we close in on the end of yet another quarter of the financial years, lot owners everywhere are preparing for another round of Owners Corporation fees. Some will have paid them before, some might be paying for the first time – but many still fail to appreciate what ...

16th Feb 2018

Owners Corporation Should Think Twice Before Battling AirBNB In Court Leading Strata lawyers have warned Owners Corporations against challenging short-team leasing within their buildings. The spat between Owners Corporations and their members who use their private lots for short-term leasing on online platforms such as AirBNB. Across the country, there have been examples of Owners Corporations drafting by-laws or rules banning short-term letting, only to ...

16th Feb 2018

How To Connect Your Apartment To The Internet It is one of the biggest frustrations we at Strata Plan hear from apartment owners. We’re talking, of course, about connecting your apartment to the internet. Specifically, we’re talking about jumpering. No, it isn’t something you wear, but rather the process of connecting the local telephone exchange to your building’s Main Distribution Frame (MDF) and then to ...

9th Feb 2018

Strata Plan's After Hours Service Assists Owners Corporation With Emergency Management When emergency strikes it is always good to know someone is there for you. Strata Plan’s emergency after-hours number means that every one of our customers, their tenants and managing agents have access to assistance in the event of an emergency, no matter the time. January proved a busy month for Strata Plan’s after-hours ...

7th Feb 2018

What does your Owners Corporation insurance cover? Your Owners Corporation’s strata insurance policy covers you for a lot of things. As set out in the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006, Owners Corporations must take out insurance to cover all buildings on the Plan of Subdivision. These policies typically cover the building structure on behalf of all owners within any given Owners Corporation. Generally speaking, most ...

1st Feb 2018

After-hours assistance: A massive responsibility for Strata Plan One of Strata Plan’s biggest responsibilities as an Owners Corporation manager is being robust and capable enough to provide assistance in the event of emergencies. Strata Plan boasts its own in-house emergency after-hours phone available to all customers and residents at buildings we help to manage. Hosting this service in-house as opposed to outsourcing the service ensures ...

30th Jan 2018

Airbnb in apartments - where do Owners Corporations stand? As Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms continue to see a massive increase in popularity and use, Owners Corporations around Australia are looking for answers. For individual lot owners, there are a lot of positives that go along with leasing through Airbnb or another similar platform. Higher returns as opposed to more traditional six or 12-month ...

24th Jan 2018

  Victoria won't follow NSW lead on apartment defects bond The Victorian government is unlikely to force developers to put money aside for the rectification of building defects. A report in The Age this week says the Victorian government will not follow the example set by the New South Wales government. In NSW, developers are no forced to lodge a bond with the state’s consumer ...

22nd Jan 2018

Gravity Tower: A truly inspiring amazing life space At Strata Plan, we are lucky to help over 10,000 property owners manage over 650 Owners Corporations. We take pride in Inspiring Amazing Life Spaces for all properties under our collective care and showing all property owners a better way to shared space management. Every now and then, we are blessed to work with some of Melbourne's ...

12th Jan 2018

Renovations in Strata Titles: How To Get Approved Every now and then, your property will need a makeover. Whether it’s to keep your investment up with market trends or make your place feel more homely a renovation can be a great way to get more out of your property. If your property is affected by an Owners Corporation, there will be a number of factors ...

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