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Month: August 2017

Window Locks – The Time for Action is NOW

For those who live in strata and are still unaware – the deadline to complete window lock compliance in your apartment is 13 March 2018. It is time to speak with your strata committee to instruct your strata manager to have a professional window assessment completed as soon as possible, with the view of supplying…

Service Levels for a Strata Manager

I am proud to be a strata manager. Unfortunately however strata managers often receive a bad rap. When I am discussing my profession socially, almost invariably I hear comments such as – my strata is hopeless, they never return calls. Or my strata is so expensive, we have to pay over $1,500 per quarter. This…

Strata buildings being unreasonable – what are your options?

Our office was approached recently to manage a building that was having significant internal problems at Strata Committee level. One of the main problems was their ability to make decisions to improve their owners amenity, such as approving renovations. In the particular case reported, an owner had requested bi-fold doors at the rear of their…

Building Management Committees (BMCs) 101 – A Users Guide

With the size and complexity of Strata Developments increasing in NSW, the strata management industry is seeing more and more Building Management Committee structures being used on new developments in Sydney. It is important for both developers and owners within a BMC to have a sound working understanding of how a BMC works, what decisions…

Collective Sale of Strata Schemes

With the recent sale of three strata apartment buildings in Macquarie Park (link to article here) for $55 million, it seems that redeveloping strata buildings is only just getting started in Sydney. A major change to the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015, introduced on 30 November 2016, was the level of decision required to terminate…