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Month: November 2019

What to look for when Hiring a Strata Manager

A Strata Manager is another title for a strata managing agent who has responsibilities within a strata scheme that they are engaged to manage. From ensuring Owners Corporation procedures and by-laws are in line with the law, to organising the regular garden upkeep and strata maintenance within a building, Strata Managers are responsible for coordinating…

What is Strata Management?

Strata Management involves the day-to-day management and operation of a property that has multiple owners and consists of multiple units or lots as well as common areas and facilities. The Strata Management concept is derived from an Australian law by the name of “strata title”. This applies to the management / administration of common lot…

On the Sensitive Subject of Pets

Pets are a challenging topic, as there is a lot of emotion involved. Almost every strata owner has a view on this topic, and it is almost always a strong view, being either “pro pets” or “anti pets”.This piece looks at the role of strata management concerning pets and the new laws around pets in…

Is Smoking a Nuisance?

In a recent case carried out by the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), it was found that smoke drift emanating from a lot onto a neighboring lot is a nuisance because it is an interference with a lot owner’s use and enjoyment of the lot. This ruling indicates that smoke penetration from…

How to Engage with the Strata Committee

According to the NSW Government’s Fair Trading department, the strata committee represents the owners’ corporation of a building complex. The committee alongside the Strata Manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the strata scheme and is elected at each Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the particular complex.  The AGM also deals with matters that…

Dealing with Conflict in Strata

NSW strata conflict resolution can be tricky, but it’s a necessary skill as issues within strata schemes are inevitable at times. Each building or complex will most likely have a diverse group of owners and tenants who may vary in stages of life, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, spending habits, standard of living expectations and ethics….