Building Safety
27th Jul 2018

New laws for low-rate "Cladding Rectification" loans to be considered by Victorian parliament Owners Corporations could soon have access to low-interest loans for the removal of flammable cladding on their buildings. New laws were introduced to the state parliament on Thursday by Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne, which will allow for the creation of Cladding Rectification Agreements between building owners, local councils and lenders. The laws would allow lenders to offer low-rate loans ...

25th Jul 2018

MAINTAIN AND REPAIR: WHY YOU AND YOUR OWNERS CORPORATION SHOULD NOT RELY ON INSURANCE ALONE TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY Owners Corporations in Melbourne have been warned that having building insurance is not an excuse to neglect your building’s most important assets. Often, owners attend Annual General Meetings and question costs of maintenance and servicing, particularly with insurance there to cover any breakdowns of assets. However, CHU Strata Insurance Business Development Manager Scott Allen ...

25th May 2018

THE DBDRV – A NEW WAY TO SOLVE BUILDING DISPUTES? In April 2017, the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) was established by the Victorian government. A business unit of the Department of Justice and Regulation, the DBDRV was established as an independent government agency to assist with the resolution of domestic building disputes. The service is free to building owners – such as an Owners Corporation - and builders and acts as ...

21st May 2018

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY | HELPING AN OWNERS CORPORATION MANAGE AND RECTIFY BUILDING DEFECTS Strata Plan believes that Owners Corporations work best when owners take an active interest in their property and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to co-create amazing outcomes. And when it comes to amazing outcomes, it does not get much better than having $100,000s worth of building defect rectification for mere $1,000s. For some property owners, this ...

3rd May 2018

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF VISITOR CAR PARKING If there is one niggly issue that clogs up so many of our Strata Managers’ inboxes, it’s complaints about car parks. In fact, car parks are one of the most troublesome issues in the strata industry - for managers, owners and occupants alike. On a daily basis, Strata Plan will receive emails and phone calls from owners, tenants and employees alike about people parking in ...

23rd Apr 2018

Identifying Defects When it comes to suspected building defects, it’s important to know all the facts. Defects are an emotional topic for property owners – however it is often a topic that is rife with misinformation, opinions and competing interests. This can make the process of defect rectification a painstakingly long one. The typical defect process can take over a year to resolve and cost 10s of thousands of dollars to finish. To ...

16th Apr 2018

Building Defects: A community issue Building defects are a community issue. They take a team of committed and united lot owners to co-create solutions and forge a successful path to rectification. Factions of fractured owners with different goals and agendas will never get their building’s issues sorted. Your Owners Corporation is the body that enables all owners to work together to solve the issues that affect the entire community within a building - ...

26th Mar 2018

Car Parking Systems: An Increasing Necessity As the apartment revolution continues in Melbourne, car stackers and automated parking technology is set to play an ever-growing role in the life of the everyday Melbournian. As developers build bigger and bigger projects, space is at an absolute premium and automated and semi-automated car parking technology can help maximise the efficiencies of those spaces. Overseas, the technology has been in use for some time but in ...

14th Mar 2018

Victorian Government Bans Flammable Cladding The Victorian government will ban the use of flammable building cladding on buildings, but has admitted it grossly overstated the amount of buildings at risk from their cladding. The government established a Cladding Taskforce in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017. Originally, it was reported that 1369 structures in Victoria were thought to be at risk, however 608 of those have ...

1st Mar 2018

Maintenance Plans: What are your Owners Corporation's obligations? Maintenance fund plans are an effective way to ensure your Owners Corporation is saving the money it will need in the future to repair and maintain your building’s major assets. But a maintenance fund plan is about so much more than simply putting money away for a rainy day. A maintenance plan is about taking the guess work out of how much you and your ...

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 Strata Plan is in full control of its ...

14th Dec 2017

Cladding: A new cause for concern for Owners Corporations The widespread use of non-compliant and flammable cladding has become a central focus for owners corporations, lot owners, fire authorities and governments alike after recent fires in Melbourne and – more tragically – London. The Lacrosse Towers fire in Docklands in 2014 prompted a city-wide audit of buildings while the disastrous fire at Grenfell Towers in London in June 2017 was responsible for at ...

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