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Saving electricity tips and tricks
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Saving electricity tips and tricks

With the increase in the number of people being in their homes, it is not uncommon to see electricity bills rise. Whether people are working from home or binge-watching Netflix films, electricity is being consumed heavily.

There are ways to minimise electricity consumption which helps with saving not only money, but also the planet. In this blog, we provide some smart tips and tricks to saving power in your strata.

Note that this article is intended for both strata owners as well as residents.

Efficient lighting choices

Lights are often one of the essential parts of building functionality and safety. As these are needed for visibility, lights are an area of strata that should not be compromised. However, there are ways to help reduce lighting costs.

For all common areas such as stairs, lobbies, hallways and outdoor spaces, think about using an alternative bulb such as LED. Many modern LED lights can offer significant reductions in electricity consumption. And when you multiply this by many lights, you have the potential to save big!

Lighting

Another idea connected to lighting is installing timers. Having lights on all the time can significantly chew into your electric bill. Timers give you the flexibility to have lights on when they are needed, and power down when they’re not in use. Even opting to use sensors can help a lot, too.

These ideas may seem little, but over time, they have a big impact.

Smart alternatives

Lighting is not the only area that can help save money. By simply choosing energy-efficient appliances for your building, you can save electricity.

There are many smart options for washers, dryers, fridges and other appliances that may be required in your building. Our strata company based in Sydney can assist with seeking out effective appliance solutions.

Temperature regulation

Another method, although rarely employed, is to use windows and curtains to help reduce costs.

Window curtains

If possible, on hot days, rather than blasting the AC, opt to open some windows. And on cooler days, cover the openings but still allow sunlight inside. This simple trick has been shown to reduce cooling and heating costs, especially in well-weathered areas.

This is one of the leading tips when it comes to strata management in the Northern Beaches and other temperate zones.


Saving electricity is a group effort. Both owners and residents need to evaluate their energy consumption and look for ways to reduce this.

Sometimes, it is a matter of breaking habits, such as leaving lights on, running the AC while windows are open or having unnecessary appliances running. This is not an overnight fix, but over time, building energy-saving habits will positively affect your wallet and the world.

For more information about saving electricity or for options about budgeting your strata management costs, contact our friendly and expert staff at 1300 033 947.

Reducing illness in strata
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Reducing illness in strata

The current pandemic brings to light the seriousness of health and safety precautions. It made us realise that remaining safe from sickness and disease is not just essential now; it is crucial for all times of the year.

In strata buildings, there are shared spaces. And now more than ever, it is vital to understand how to remain healthy and avoid spreading germs.

In this blog, we will discuss some strata-friendly ways to reduce the spread of sickness. Mitigating the circulation of germs is quite easy when we are all aware and educated.

Many local and state governments, hospitals and businesses have tried very hard recently to disseminate necessary information regarding healthy habits.

Creating useful and clear graphics to enforce the points is a great way to educate. For strata owners, we recommend you print some of these infographics to place in common areas of your building.

It will help educate and assist in providing a feeling of ease because people will know that the management is aware and concerned.

Here are some examples:

 

Infographic onstopping spread of virus

 

Infographic on avoiding infection from virus

 

Being transparent and open with people is the best way to remove doubt and potential fear. Explaining measures you have or that are in effect to help reduce the spread of this disease, in general, can go a long way in establishing a sense of trust.

Here at Strata & Co., it is basically business as usual, with the following standards enforced:

  • Ensure hand sanitisers and soaps are available in sites, offices and amenities.
  • Implement sanitary protocols mandatory for all employees to follow.
  • Implement isolation plan for teams and workgroups.
  • Implement varying work schedules to suit individual complexes and projects.

Because our line of work involves various people, meetings and duties, we need to consider a myriad of adjusted standards. Perhaps some of these changes apply for you as well.

  • Provide clear and defined work zones with tradesmen and onsite visitors.
  • Isolate staff into smaller groups and/or teams. Each team is isolated from each other. This will allow other teams to take over in case of an outbreak in a particular group and avoid any inconvenience or temporary shutdowns.
  • Avoid non-essential work where possible.
  • Minimise interactions with public and clients, and where possible, communicate only through phones, emails and video conferences.
  • Adjust work schedules.
  • Encourage employees to avoid travel on public transport, such as taxis and rideshares, and limit attendance to public spaces.
  • Minimise visits to meetings, complexes and projects.
  • Practice social distancing procedures
  • Place a contingency plan in the event of an emergency.

For strata owners and residents, don’t ever be afraid to request information or clarification regarding procedures, updates or changes.

Good strata managers should update effectively, but strata owners and residents also have a duty to be responsive.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic has occurred, the Australian government has been very good at updating and keeping track of the situation. You can find out more here: https://www.health.gov.au.

This is an excellent website to view, not just during this time, but in the future, when you need information on handling other outbreaks or illnesses.

We each have our part to play in helping Australian life return to normal. We aim to work through this together. The information expressed is not only handy to know for the future, but also practical for handling all kinds of health and safety issues.

If you require more information or handy tips regarding keeping people updated, how to handle illness or ways to help educate, then contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at 1300 033 947.

Being the foremost strata management company in Sydney, we are proud to help wherever we can.

Does strata management look after guttering
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Does strata management look after guttering?

As the weather shifts, you may notice more debris falling into your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water damage, irrigation problems and future building issues.

It is essential that all areas of your strata complex, from the ground to the roof, are well-maintained.

In this article, we will cover some important things to consider when it comes to gutters and other related aspects of strata maintenance.

Ill-managed strata properties are a common problem – and the results are costly. Even the tiniest issues that are not dealt with can lead to further problems. This is especially true in retirement village strata management where residents may not be in the physical position to mitigate the structural problems.

Who should fix it?

Where does the responsibility fall? Is it on residents, owners or strata managers?

Well, it depends.

If the building is a privately-owned lot, then typically, the responsibility falls to the owners. This may differ from strata complex to complex. This is because not all strata are the same.

But if you notice a gutter dilemma, it is wise to notify your landlord and they can advise the next steps.

If the building is managed by a comprehensive strata management service provider, such as Strata & Co., then organising to resolve the issue is straightforward. It is just a matter of detailing a request to our friendly team, and we can assist in organising the necessary steps. Not all strata services provide this level of care, but we aren’t like other services.

Why can’t I fix it myself?

Oftentimes, when residents see a fault, it can be easy for them to think “I’ll just fix that myself.”

There is nothing inherently wrong with this, except for when something goes wrong, and then the blame needs to be set. Most people are happy to do it themselves unless they end up with bad results or get hurt.

When it comes to strata buildings, it is always best to be sure as to who is supposed to fix or clean the gutters. This is because if a resident attempts to do it and gets hurt, the blame could come back to bite you. Having professionals handle the necessary repairs is advantageous unless they fall under the individual residents’ responsibility.

Once again, we at Strata & Co. can assist in helping you understand the legalities of managing strata as well as the responsibility of the residents, owners and managers. This ensures proper processes are in place, which guarantees safety and security.

Benefits of comprehensive strata management

We cannot stress enough the advantage of having proactive strata managers looking after your property. Whether it is commercial, residential or community strata management, an experienced and local team can help navigate the busy world of strata.

Strata management companies that specialise in a wide variety of services can save you a lot of time and money as you don’t have to worry about seeking multiple channels to get stuff done. Your strata manager will act as the funnel for your various needs.


If you require strata management or are looking for a change, then contact our friendly and qualified team at 1300 033 947. Our vibrant team is ready and willing to assist.

What you need to know about Sydney commercial strata
Commercial

What you need to know about Sydney commercial strata

If you are living in the great city of Sydney, then listen up. Strata schemes are an integral aspect of Sydney – and understanding the ins and outs can help you make the best investment choices.

In this article, we will discuss the essential aspects of commercial strata management in Sydney.

What is strata?

Strata schemes are a method of portioning the lawful control of a property. It allows individuals to own sections while everyone shares common areas.

Commercial strata include properties such as offices, retail shops, factories, warehouses and storage units. Although the laws regarding strata schemes may differ per state, our licensed agents are entirely familiar with all local strata regulations.

Owners corporation

Also known as the body corporate, it is a legal entity made up of the various lot owners. They are responsible for the communal areas such as lobbies, building exteriors, car parks, and pool areas.

By-laws

Each strata scheme will establish and enforce its own by-laws. And some will be unique per property. These laws cover all sorts of things such as noise, pets, communal areas and more.

No by-law can be oppressive. But keep in mind that if reasonable regulations are in place and then broken, punishments can be applied.

Laws should create a sense of shared responsibility and harmony. These must protect both the individuals and the property, allowing maximum enjoyment for years to come.

Strata fees

Managing all aspects of a strata scheme costs money. Strata fees are consistent payments from lot owners to manage the maintenance of properties.

They are usually calculated based on the size of your lot. But other factors such as age and amenities will also have an impact. Additions such as pools, gyms, lifts and the like may increase the price, too.

Typically, there are three main types of levies. These are:

  • Administrative fund – This covers the daily tasks such as cleaning, gardening and small maintenance issues.
  • Sinking fund – Used for more extensive repairs or renovations (e.g., structural improvements, painting, plumbing and waterproofing).
  • Special levies – This is for those unexpected costs that can pop up. They often supplement the payment for major building repairs or damages such as roof replacement.

Strata meetings

When a decision is needed, by-laws implemented or changes decided upon, then a strata meeting is called. Owners will vote on specified items, either in person or by proxy.

Strata secretaries can accept motions if you wish to bring an issue up for discussion.

Managing a commercial strata scheme

You can always choose to self-manage your strata building. But this can result in poor management, missing information, costly repairs or dangerous accidents.

The best choice for commercial strata properties is the use of a qualified strata manager. Here at Strata & Co., we have the expertise and experience in managing commercial strata.

As one of the best strata companies in Sydney, we can properly manage all of the above sections. Even the organisation and running of important meetings, including record keeping, can fall under our duties.

After all, we offer the most comprehensive strata management services.

For more information about how we can assist with your commercial strata, call us at 1300 033 947 or visit our website and get a free proposal. Our friendly team is always ready to help.

Strata water damage
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Strata water damage

We are all celebrating the much-needed rain that is befalling Australia. Our dams are starting to fill again and some fires are being quenched.

But with the rain comes the potential for strata buildings to experience water damage.

With this said, it is important to have up-to-date maintenance and repairs to ensure your strata complex is water-tight and free from damage.

Improper strata management in Sydney can lead to extreme water damage. This can impact your personal belongings and safety.

In this article, we discuss some common aspects of water damage and how expert strata management companies deal with these issues.

Common aspects of water damage

Common aspects of water damage

Any property that has communal use or multiple tenants means the responsibility of resolving issues can become confusing at times.

Some of the most common examples of water damage are listed below:

  • Plumbing
    • Leaking pipes, broken or rusted taps – this leads to roof, floor or wall damage.
  • Roof leakage
    • Shifted tiles/shingling or damaged ceilings.
  • Mould or rot
    • Often caused by water seepage that is not dealt with. Can pose health risks, especially to asthma sufferers.
  • Electrical issues
    • Water that seeps into walls and damages power sockets or wires.
  • Foundation damage
    • Water that seeps through can cause concrete cracks and disrupt the foundation.
  • Faulty repairs
    • Having an issue repaired falsely or improperly can lead to ongoing or escalated damage.

Water damage accounts for some of the most common strata insurance claims. And it can be difficult to pinpoint where it originates from.

We have written an article that explains the causes and specific responsibility surrounding water damage in more detail. Read it here.

How strata managers deal with water damage

Effective strata management will mitigate the potential of water damage by having an efficient and practical maintenance plan in place.

It doesn’t make sense to just deal with the issues as they arise. It’s best to remove risks beforehand in order to avoid damage.Strata water damage maintenance

 

There are many areas of a building that require regular scheduled services and maintenance such as basement pumps, sirens, gutters, downpipes and drains. These common hotspots can be neglected by bad strata managers and then only remembered when it is too late.

Competent strata managers regularly check every area to guarantee as best as possible that the whole building is running smoothly.

Also, when issues do arise, swift action and emergency contact is an essential part of their services.

There are only a few things worse than not being able to reach your strata manager in an emergency. Or if you do reach them, you find out that they are unprepared to deal with the issue.

Strata water damage repairs

This can actually amplify the problem severely, especially if safety is involved.

Here at Strata & Co., we not only pride ourselves on having necessary and effective building maintenance in place with the properties we manage, but we also have a responsive team that’s always ready to assist with emergencies.

We deliver the most comprehensive strata management services in Sydney.

If you would like more information about what we offer or how to change strata managers, then contact our friendly team at 1300 033 947 or fill out an enquiry form here.

Is pest management a part of strata services_
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Is pest management a part of strata services?

When people use a strata building, they expect and deserve certain additions. But not mice, rats, snakes and other nasty creatures!

Having pest problems can seriously impact your residents, business and overall building.

So, it is important that strata owners and users know the responsibility and aspects of strata pest management.

We understand that there are many views out there regarding proper pest management. However, we are not going to discuss the actual methods, but rather, the needs and responsibility of managing this issue.

Pest infestation and consequences

In saying this, there are multiple reasons why pests must be controlled.

Pests pose a serious health risk to the community, especially because strata schemes often have various individuals in common spaces.

As there are lots of community access points and areas, it can be easy for sickness to spread.

You can simply have safety and precautionary measures emplaced, but the difficulty of stopping illnesses increases dramatically when there are vermin afoot.

Throughout history, rats and mice are responsible for many disease spreads. And although we can better combat major contagions, it is still dangerous and irresponsible to allow these potential carriers to propagate and roam free – especially for pets and children’s safety.

For everyone’s benefit, pests MUST be controlled.

Another reason strata owners ought to control vermin is because if your building has a reputation for having pests and you’re not even attempting to control this infestation, then it can impact future decisions of renters, users and even future funding options or appraisals.

Of course, it is far better to be known as a clean and reliable building.

Whose responsibility is it to control pests?

The answer is quite logical. These are just the general guidelines according to NSW Fair Trading.

If pests are present before a tenant begins their stay, then it is the landlord’s responsibility. In strata schemes, this may lead to the body corporate getting involved and having to organise a solution.

However, if pests are a result of the actions of the tenant, then the responsibility falls on them.

For example, if a user’s area is filthy and they breached agreed conditions, made unauthorised modifications of the building or prompted ways that allowed pests to congregate, then the strata owners have an obligation to ensure that the tenant takes care of the issue.

It isn’t enough to say that the individual is fine living with pests. Because in a strata complex, multiple people will be affected.

If, as a tenant, you feel that the blame is being unfairly placed on you to have to deal with the issue, then you can challenge it.

A good rule of thumb for both owners and users is to follow standards and keep areas clean.

How to prevent pests?

The best way to keep pests from your strata is to be proactive. It is better to stop vermin from coming in the first place than to have to control and prevent them afterwards.

How to prevent pests

Here are some ideas for both strata owners and users to prevent pests.

  • Keep common and private areas clean.
    • Vermin typically prefers dirty areas with easy-to-hide spots. Dark and musty rooms attract them.
  • Every kitchen or food prep area must be extra clean and effective waste removal procedures should be practised.
    • Food waste is especially popular amongst vermin, hence why food prep areas must have extra strict cleaning procedures. Proper waste removal is essential to prevent rats from entering the building in search of food.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor bins closed.
    • This helps the place remain clean and fresh. It also stops insects and rats from congregating inside.
  • Remove decaying wood or items from any garden or outdoor area.
    • Rats, snakes and insects love to hide out and use decaying substances as hideouts.
  • Be vigilant.
    • Keep an eye out for any decay or signs of infestation, especially for termites in wood. Check closets and cupboards for droppings.

If you are at the stage where pests are already around and you need to remove them, then regardless of who is at fault, professionals should be brought in.

Oftentimes solutions only last a little while before the creatures return, so using experts and having regular inspections will assist in preventing pests.

At Strata & Co., we understand the local area and know how to best help Sydney strata schemes.

We offer comprehensive strata management services in Chatswood and throughout the Greater Sydney region that can help advise and assist with pest management.

For more information, contact our friendly and qualified staff at 1300 033 947.

How to handle parking disputes
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

How to handle parking disputes

Sydney has a reputation for its lack of parking. It is one of the worst features of an otherwise great city.

In strata complexes, there is the issue of ensuring there is enough parking for residents and monitoring whether people are infringing the parking spaces.

In this blog, we discuss the problems, solutions and regulations that can help you get a handle on Sydney strata parking issues.

Common parking issues

Parking infringements can come from residents themselves or people from the public trying to snag an easy spot.

Residents with several vehicles may try to take up multiple spaces. People visiting their family may use strata parking, unaware that it is designated to someone. Or some random individual may need a quick parking spot and take up a convenient but allocated spot.

These issues can quickly flare up into major disputes because it is a real inconvenience to residents.

Strata parking issues

What can you do?

The first step is to determine the specific strata by-laws regarding the parking allocations and regulations.

Are all spots allocated? Are there some reserved for emergency vehicles or the handicapped? Are there specific spaces for visitors? These are all important distinctions to be made before enforcing anything further.

If spaces are unclaimed, then residents may wish to write in and request it to be allocated to them.

One way to avoid parking disputes is to clearly label or mark your designated parking spots.

People will be less likely to steal a spot that is clearly allocated rather than one that looks unreserved.

Strata parking solution

If parking rules are breached, then strata owners have the right to implement penalties, as long as they comply with NSW Fair Trading.

Strata owners can work with local councils in order to manage parking spaces. This gives parking rangers the ability to issue fines for breaching parking regulations, provided that clear signage and notices are issued.

Also, vehicles that block entrances, driveways or emergency access points are actually a safety hazard and must be removed. Owners corporation can move these vehicles, as long as notification is provided.

Overall, it is vital that the issue of parking is properly handled and that residents, guests and the public are aware of exactly who can park where.

Get control of your parking space today and avoid the issues that could come up.

For more information or tips about dealing with parking disputes, contact Strata & Co. at 1300 033 947.

Innovative strata ideas for 2020
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Innovative strata ideas for 2020

The new year is upon us – and there is no better time to begin implementing ideas and innovations that will set you up for the future.

Strata schemes are a great opportunity to apply up-and-coming ideas and potentially revolutionise your property.

In this article, we will discuss some potential ideas you could execute in your strata complex in order to remain modern and keep residents and users happy.

Plants

More and more people are looking for ways to contribute to a greener earth – and owning a strata complex gives you a great opportunity to help out.

All in all, having more plants can easily remove the industrial feel most building schemes unintentionally have. By exploring multiple landscaping options, you can effectively improve and reinvent the way your building exists.

A themed garden or perhaps sculpted plants provide an elegant feel. Plus, planting more trees and shrubs gives more privacy.

Don’t forget about the need for indoor plants! Check out our article about which ones are best in order to spice up your common areas.

Strata plants

Community events

If you own or manage a strata complex, then you have a unique opportunity to engage and influence a community.

More and more people are connecting with technology to the point where people desire and crave real world interactions.

Although events may require a lot of planning, a rooftop event, community garden or public initiative are all great ways to bring a community together.

Also, this has multiple benefits: it establishes you and your property as a community leader and influencer, provides residents and renters with opportunity and options and it gives back to society in an uplifting way.

Again, by virtue of having a building or scheme, you can greatly set yourself up as an attraction for the community.

Of course, balance is important. But it also allows you to foster a relationship that encourages feedback from both the community and the residents that you otherwise may not have built.

Strata community events

Security updates

People love feeling secure. And although people want 2020 to be a positive year, the truth is there are some that still commit crime.

Beefing up your premise’s security is a great way to reassure residents that you have their best interests in mind, whilst staying up-to-date with the latest security technology.

Whether you opt to introduce a new access control security system or further improve monitoring in common areas by installing CCTV cameras, people will appreciate the security.

You can even do simple things like, provide more lighting in ill-lit areas or reassure people by having a more open communication about security practices in place.

2020 is a year where people want to feel secure and comfortable about life. Your security upgrades could help with that! Not to mention, it establishes your whole property with more trust and credibility.

Strata security updates


 

These are just a few innovative and fresh ideas you can implement in order to establish your Sydney strata as a modern and trustworthy scheme.

For more information about ideas or exactly how you can follow through in making 2020 your best year, contact Strata & Co. at 1300 033 947. We make strata and innovation simple, as your strata management Sydney experts.

Keep your strata safe during the holiday season
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Keep your strata safe during the holiday season

During the Christmas season, much joy and happiness is spread. But unfortunately, crime is also more prevalent as criminals take advantage of the cracks in security in strata communities.

Granted, strata schemes offer more security than stand-alone properties. But there is always more you can do to lockdown your property.

Santa has his naughty or nice list – and we have compiled our own list of dos and don’ts for your strata security during the holiday season.

DOs

Communication

As a strata owner, your occupant’s safety ranks highly on your priorities.

It is important to clearly express to your tenants the level and measures of security that you have already put in place. You don’t want occupants to accidentally bypass these measures.

For example, they may hand out their keys/keycodes to unauthorised individuals. It is vital that your occupants value and respect imposed safety practices as much as you do.

With everyone on board and aware, your property gains a whole new level of reassurance.

Entry systems

Consider and review how people enter the building. Access control systems restrict access via mechanical or electronic methods.

Most use physical keys, but more increasingly, people are switching to electronic control systems such as key cards or pin pads. These allow specific monitoring on who is entering as well as when.

Intercoms

This technology has become a popular choice for building owners as it dramatically improves security and increases privacy for occupants.

Video intercoms allow people to see and communicate with outsiders before being permitted to enter. Plus, certain systems can record entry points.

Intercom

CCTV security cameras

Having a security camera system set up around and inside your property can deter potential criminals by up to 50%. This is a huge asset to have for your building.

CCTV cameras also allow multiple pairs of eyes to be guarding entry ways, backdoor areas, or communal access points which will make everyone feel safer.

This option also helps with liability issues that may come up because you can easily access the recordings of accidents or claims.

Safes and locks

This applies to the building owner as well as the residents.

Not only should you keep files, sensitive details or private information locked and secure, but it is also important to encourage residents to obtain a personal safe for their own use.

Personal data, as well as expensive items, can be placed in a safe which add an extra layer of protection, especially if it is bolted or very heavy.

It is also important to get a fire-proof safe as during Christmas, the use of lights around trees can inadvertently cause fire damage.

Having a safe makes it even harder for criminals to compromise your belongings.

Lights and surroundings

Criminals prefer to do their dirty work in the dark, which is why strategically placing lighting around the building, especially near access points, can effectively deter thieves.

If your building is dark or hidden, then it encourages more shady behaviour.

Is your building close to pathways or other communal areas? Ample lighting can encourage more pedestrian traffic, which also wards off criminal behaviour.

Having well maintained greenery is also important as overgrown grass, shrubs or trees can act as cover for burglars.

If surrounding areas are clean and orderly, it makes it harder for criminals to scope, hide or retreat.

Not to mention, a well-kept strata indicates that the building operations are active and under watch. This is a deterrent as criminals love unattended or messy buildings.

DON’Ts

Never broadcast

Never broadcast or expose your security flaws via conversation, writing or online. This may seem obvious, but it is important that even if there is a loophole, it shouldn’t be discussed or spread before it can be dealt with.

Clever criminals are everywhere and they keep an eye out for ways to exploit your property.

Don’t allow open access

It is essential that only those people who should be there are entering your building. Whether they are tenants, employees or delivery men, there are ways to screen or monitor entry rather than choosing open access for all.

Most people are fine with a little bit of security and safeguards than having none at all. Perhaps this is a discussion to have at a meeting in order to gain varied perspectives and arrive at a joint conclusion.

Never compromise safety

Safety is highly important and should never be compromised for the sake of convenience or saving money.

If there are measures in place, ensure they are being carried out. It only takes one person shortcutting the system to allow a crack that can affect everyone.

Having frank conversations with occupants and employees is essential. And perhaps putting in repercussions for those involved if security is breached is a wise idea.

In strata schemes, one person may compromise but someone else may ultimately be impacted.

 

 


These are just some measures to establish this holiday season. Be aware that crime tends to increase due to higher alcohol and drug consumption as well as more free time available to people.

For more information about strata security, call our friendly and trusted team at 1300 033 947. We offer services that keep strata schemes safe and secure all year round!

Renovations and my strata
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Renovations and my strata

Any sort of renovation can be exciting, expensive and stressful. In a strata unit or apartment, it can be even more challenging to renovate because we might be unclear as to what we can do without permission.

In this article, let’s discuss some of the common repairs and maintenance you can conduct freely and others you need permission for from your body corporate or strata owner.

But before reading further, it is important to note that every building is different and there may be specific by-laws in place that prevent even minor renovations.

We recommend checking with your owner about what exactly you can do, lest you incur legal action.

Minor cosmetic

The reason why approval is needed for certain renovations is because it can impact the structure of the building.

Minor cosmetic changes such as hanging a painting, changing the colour of a wall or even modifying a countertop are all typically fine to do without permission.

According to the Fair Trading NSW site, other work can be declared as cosmetic if a by-law is passed. So, there may be more that you could do than originally thought.

Major renovations (Internal)

This would include things like renovating the kitchen or bathroom with new tiles, sinks, shower and so on.

These require permission because it could affect structural areas as well as the waterproofing.

Typically, 50% of the owner’s corporation needs to approve the plan for you to be able to enact it. Even if the owner(s) says it is all fine, it is better to ask anyway.

Even larger renovations may require 75% approval.

Communal areas

For anything that is a communal area or that would affect shared areas, it is important to talk to the owner.

Ultimately, because it is communal, it means the owner has the final say. But genuine ideas such as access ramps or fixtures may be of benefit and the owner may allow permission.

Each area is different – and a good strata manager will know the regulations for your situation.

Apart from getting the owner’s approval, it is important to comply with all council and government regulations as well.

For owners

Owners are able to speed up processes by passing by-laws that allow strata committees to approve minor renovations.

You can also pass by-laws that classify other work as minor renovations, making it easier to approve.

Having skilled strata managers will help in staying on top of all requests, paperwork and laws surrounding renovations and repairs.

 

Strata & Co. are experts in all things strata – and we can assist strata owners in keeping residents as happy as possible. We can help with advice, paperwork, financial and legal work for strata service.

Give us a call at 1300 033 947 to talk to our local staff about how we can help you with our services.