Strata

Noise in Strata Schemes

Noise is one of the most common cause of complaints within residential strata buildings. Complaints may involve noise from hard floors and lack of appropriate floor coverings, mechanical noise from air-conditioning equipment, motor vehicles and alarms, noise from renovation works, noise from activities such as parties and music and noise from barking dogs and other pets.

Democracy Rules, OK? Well, Not Quite: Strata Managers and Section 237 Appointments

Introduction

In a democracy, majority rules even if those decisions are bad. If you are in the minority, there is not much you can do until the next election (or annual general meeting) at which time you may try to become the majority.

Strata Managing Agents - Tips on Managing Risk

Ever more is expected of strata managing agents, in terms of the broad range of issues they are required to deal with and in terms of the high standards expected of them. This can make strata management a risky undertaking, as confirmed by several recent cases, in which large damages awards were made against agents.

When Do You Need Approval to Remove or Prune a Tree?

Tree preservation orders are in practice made by local councils as orders pursuant to powers under the Local Government Act 1993. There can be significant differences between tree preservation orders for specific councils and any proposal to remove or prune a tree should be considered in light of the requirements of the tree preservation order applicable to the relevant local government area.

Unreasonable Unit Entitlements - They Can Be Changed - s183

Unit entitlements are a very important issue for owners of strata lots. They impact on levy contributions, voting rights, common property interests, distribution of surplus moneys and entitlements on termination of a scheme.They also impact on council rates and land tax.

Emergency Management Plan Checklist

This checklist sets out some of the steps and procedures that managing agents may consider adopting prior to, during and after the occurrence of an emergency such as a fire, storm or catastrophic event.

What Do I Own and What is Common Property?

For any lot owner and for an owners corporation, the really important question of who owns what needs to be established as the answer will dictate how a strata scheme is correctly managed and who is responsible for what parts of a strata scheme.

Unauthorised Parking - What Can Owners Corporations Do?

Owners corporations and their strata managing agents have been struggling for years to find effective solutions to this issue. While this is a difficult area, there are some options.

Disability Access - Adjustments May Be Required

Issues often arise in strata buildings in relation to improvements requested by lot owners and others for the purpose of improving access for persons with special needs. Such issues can result in personal animosities building up over time and if not approached sensibly from the outset, can disrupt harmony within the building and result in considerable expense for all concerned.

The NBN and Strata Buildings

Considerable confusion remains about what is going to happen and when and this is not assisted by some of the announcements made in relation to the NBN.

Some support the NBN, on the basis that it is a government business enterprise and more likely to provide an equitable solution for all users than a commercial enterprise. Others remain sceptical about the NBN and are considering other options. There is doubt about how metropolitan connections can be priced equitably if there is significant leakage to the mobile and TPG fibre networks. The cap on funding announced in the 2014 Budget increases these doubts.

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