Lifestyle
28th Mar 2018

Sydney Council Backs Owners Corporations in AirBNB battle. The City of Sydney has sided with Owners Corporations in the battle to control the use of short-term stay services like Airbnb in residential buildings. Having originally backed an open model for Airbnb regulation within residential apartment buildings, in which owners would be allowed to use their apartment as they see fit, the Sydney city council has now changed its tune. Like Melbourne, the majority ...

15th Mar 2018

Four Things Your Owners Corporation Committee Should Be Doing Owners Corporations are a team effort. They depend on the collaboration of many to co-create good amazing life spaces. Your Owners Corporation is the body that comprises all lot owners in your building. Essentially, if you own a unit, town house, apartment or even a commercial property in a building or development with a Plan of Subdivision, you are a member of that development’s ...

7th Mar 2018

Liven up your apartment with some indoor greenery Apartment, townhouse or unit living opens up so many conveniences. From knockout locations to shared amenities like pools, gym and outdoor spaces the modern day apartment offers many conveniences. But for those who have spent most their lives living in free-standing homes, there can often be a missing element. With limited private outdoor spaces, the green thumbs among us might find themselves missing their gardens. ...

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 action to prohibit lot owners within their buildings ...

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 your apartment or unit. Confused? Don’t worry. Most ...

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 leases and better cashflow are just two reasons ...

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 to consider. The type of property you own ...

5th Jan 2018

Keeping cool in Owners Corporations The mercury is set to tip over the 40 degrees Celsius mark this weekend, everyone should take precautions to stay cool and safe over the weekend. The extreme heat can become very uncomfortable in medium and high-density buildings, particularly older ones where split-system air conditioning systems were not standard inclusions. The Moonee Valley City Council has shared a number of tips and resources with Strata Plan, which will ...

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 dumping. For those who live, own and work ...

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 Property Group director Alan Stubbings, all owners should ...

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 rate than usual, the chances of unauthorised persons ...

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 also quickly turn into stressful ones. Additional visitors ...

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