9th Jan 2018

What is an Owners Corporation Proxy? At Strata Plan, we truly believe that active ownership is the best ownership. Sometimes, personal circumstances – such as living interstate or overseas, medical conditions or emergencies – mean taking an active interest in your Owners Corporation isn’t directly possible. Appointing a proxy is an effective way to ensure your voice is heard. DID YOU KNOW: If your lot ...

5th Jan 2018

Keeping cool in Owners CorporationsWhen it comes to extreme temperatures and apartments, it doesn't take long for things to heat up.If you live in an apartment building it's important to prepare for the heat and ensure that your neighbours, especially the elderly are looked after.The extreme heat can become very uncomfortable in medium and high-density buildings, particularly older ones where split-system air conditioning systems were ...

4th Jan 2018

Hard waste: A growing concern for Melbourne Owners Corporations [caption id="attachment_705" align="alignright" width="525"] A constant nuisance: Hard waste is an expensive and ugly look for bin rooms[/caption] Huge quantities of hard waste are left in common bin rooms across the state every month, and it is costing Melbourne Owners Corporations a small fortune. A recent Herald Sun report has highlighted Melbourne’s growing problem with rubbish ...

3rd Jan 2018

Your Owners Corporation affects your private lot value Buying property is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. But when you buy into a strata-titled property, you are buying more than just your four walls. You are buying into a community, and to improve the value of that investment, you need to play an active role in that community. According to Hay ...

22nd Dec 2017

Managing Nuisance Pets In Your Owners Corproation In September 2016, VCAT made a ruling which effectively made it impossible for an Owners Corporation to place a blanket ban on pets within their buildings. The ruling stated that pets could not be banned on the presumption that they could be a nuisance to fellow lot owners and residents. But what about when a pet does become ...

22nd Dec 2017

Happy Pets Are Not Nuisance Pets Pets. You either love them or you hate them. In shared living spaces, the divide between pet lovers and those less inclined to have a furry friend of their own can be a difficult one to manage. How do you ensure pet owners maintain their rights to the enjoyment of their property while ensuring the harmony of common areas ...

22nd Dec 2017

Stay Safe These Holidays With holidays and the accompanying exodus of vacation-goers fast approaching, Strata Plan is warning customer to remain extra vigilant over the holidays While everyone should take extra security precautions before heading off on holiday, Strata Plan is advising those living in apartments to be doubly careful before locking the door and setting off. With visitors coming and going at a higher ...

21st Dec 2017

Four tips for making the holidays a great time for all in your Strata block The Christmas and New Year period is a wonderful time for so many reasons. Whether it be time spent with family, the chance to get away or long overdue catch-ups with friends, there is plenty to be excited about. However, for those who live the strata life, these times can ...

20th Dec 2017

AirBNB and Insurance: A match made in hell? AirBNB has been a hot-topic for Owners Corporations and their members  with apartment owners and occupiers concerned about the nature of short-term leases and their effects on the buildings in which they occur. The Victorian government is trying to find the right balance between allowing property owners the freedom to use their property as they see fit, ...

19th Dec 2017

Refresh your Apartment for the New Year! Apartment living offers so many conveniences. From location to building amenities, there is a reason so many people are opting for strata living in modern Australia. Perhaps one of the only drawbacks is how hard it can be hard to keep a smaller space from looking stale and bland. Luckily, keeping your apartment bright and fresh doesn’t have ...

18th Dec 2017

Owners Corporations and Insurance Valuations: A fluid concept When it comes to building insurance, the Owners Corporation Act (VIC) 2006 is pretty clear. You simply have to insure your property. The Act says all Owners Corporations must take out replacement and reinstatement insurance for all buildings on their common property. But what amount of cover should your building have? And how often does that value ...

14th Dec 2017

A new online home for Owners Corporations As 2017 draws to a close, Strata Plan is delighted to present our brand new website, which we truly believe will change the game for Owners Corporation managers. Our mandate is to Inspire Amazing Life Spaces for all our customers and all the people who occupy and interact with the properties we help to manage. We believe a ...

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