Strata balconies - what you need to know
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Strata balconies – what you need to know

Who actually owns the balcony in strata complexes? You may be asking this question as a homeowner or strata management service in Sydney. Specifically, when it comes to safety, repairs and maintenance, the question of ownership arises, “Who will pay, who is liable?”. Depending on the strata complex and bylaws, ownership and liability can differ. As a general rule, each lot owner owns anything within the four walls of their unit.

Keep reading below to learn more about some important points to note about balconies as a lot owner or strata management service.

Barbeques and smoking responsibility for strata balconies

If you love barbecues, be aware that some apartments have by-laws or rules that ban or restrict their use due to the smell they spread to other apartments & common property. It can also be restricted due to the health and safety risks they pose.

In some cases, you may be able to light up a barbecue if you are committed to ensuring it doesn’t cause smoke to drift onto the neighbouring or common property. A strata manager can help determine the fairest solution for barbecue use and enforce the by-laws relating to it.

Smoking on strata balconies also raises a crucial ‘nuisance factor’ regarding the safety of the common property.

It’s important to know the by-laws if you’re a smoker, expecting to host a smoker relative this summer, or you live in a community where you are exposed to smoke drift on your balcony. Strata owners usually have several options available to them regarding the banning of smoke penetrating any other lot or common property like balconies.

Key safety measures to take for strata balconies

Most balconies have some sort of weight restrictions to ensure their structural integrity. Be mindful of factors like how many people the structure can take and the type and weight of furniture you use.

Consistently check the condition of railings and keep close tabs on the behaviour happening on the balconies. immediately attend to and de-escalate any dangerous issues found, especially if those can affect the common property or pose dangerous risks for the safety of residents and others.

Key safety measures to take for strata balconiesStrata balconies maintenance

Safety and maintenance go hand in hand when it comes to strata balconies. Keeping your balcony in safe, clean and usable condition will decrease safety concerns. Whether your balcony is private or common property will decide if you’re personally responsible for maintaining a balcony and this depends on the specific strata plan.

If there’s a problem with balcony drainage, glass, railings or tiling, the strata management or owner’s corporation should be your first point of contact for maintenance and the lot owner should not undertake any direct DIY work. If there’s a problem or you wish to change the appearance of your balcony check with the strata committee first to seek permission or to arrange work orders.

Proper strata management is essential for Sydney strata properties to thrive. Flawed management can result in painful fees, damages and loss of business. Whether it’s a place of business or living, strata must be taken care of by responsive professionals — and Strata & Co. can do it all! Call Strata & Co on 1300 033 947 today.

How to Deal with Common Pool Issues
Commercial, Community, Uncategorized

How to Deal with Common Pool Issues

Many strata companies in Sydney dream of a perfectly crystal-clear pool for their occupants to enjoy. It is a commonly coveted dream to have a perfect pool all year round without any maintenance or effort. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are many factors involved to keep a pool at its best, including installation and maintenance.

Your dream pool as a strata manager is not impossible to obtain but will require balance and attention to detail. Keep reading below to learn more about how residential or community strata management can deal with common pool issues.

How strata companies in Sydney can ensure proper pool installation

The first step when avoiding pool trouble is always in the installation process.

When researching for a suitable pool installation company, look for a team with experience, reputable reviews and previous installation projects. Many small-scale pool installation companies may be experienced in installing backyard pools, but not in a community/high-rise residential setting.

It’s important to consider the safety regulations when planning and building your common pool and pool area. Check your strata by-laws to ensure you follow all local and legal safety guidelines for an indoor or outdoor pool.

Some of the things often considered for these projects include:

  • Safety signage
  • Depth indication
  • Ladders and steps
  • Pool heating equipment safely installed
  • Pool protection when not in use and winter seasons
  • Regular water quality checks
  • Level surfaces and tiling

Pools could be an immense liability and a safety hazard if not properly installed and looked after. It’s extremely important to be diligent and make sure your occupants are safe in every way when using the common pool area.

How strata companies in Sydney can ensure proper pool installationPool maintenance tips for strata management in Sydney

Green water may be the most common pool issue for pool owners worldwide. With a large collection of water such as a pool, you’re bound to face natural microscopic growth as water sustains life. Your pool isn’t much different from any lake or dam. What makes all the difference is maintenance and treatment.

Waking up to a lovely shaded green pool is most likely due to a fresh crop of algae growing in the water. You’ve most likely skipped testing your pool and the chlorine levels have dropped below what is needed to prevent algae growth.

This issue has a fairly easy solution which can be done in 4 steps:

  1. Test the water to confirm the cause
  2. Shock your pool to kill the algae
  3. Clean the walls and surfaces
  4. Vacuum your pool to remove dead algae

The pool won’t be available for use until the treatment process is complete, so make sure you monitor your pool’s chlorine levels regularly.

On the other hand, some strata managers or pool maintainers can be lazy and do a shortcut fix instead. Although the idea of dumping an insane amount of chorine into pools at one time seems like less effort, doing so can pose a health risk to people.

The only way to keep a pool clean is by consistent monitoring and regulated doses of chemicals.

If you see debris build-up in your pool, your filter probably needs a thorough clean.

Your pool water should be clear to the point where you can see the bottom of the pool. If it’s looking murky, the pH levels of the water may be off although this isn’t hard to fix either.

Likewise with cloudy water, which is usually a result of a build-up of bacteria, test the water to identify the cause and treat accordingly with the right chemicals and the right amount to avoid irritation after swimming,

For more enquiries or assistance regarding proper strata property management, visit our website today or call on 1300 033 947.

Tips for childproofing your property
Community, Residential, Uncategorized

Tips for childproofing your property

In the Census of 2016, family households in Sydney represented nearly half of all apartment residents. With an increasingly higher cost of living, young families are opting for residential strata schemes.

Since then, the population of families with children in strata schemes has increased. Awareness of child safety is a notable pressing matter for residents, building owners and the strata management team alike.

Why do families choose strata?

Families choose strata complexes for several reasons, mainly for convenience.

Apartments may be closer to the city or school and work. The buildings are usually low maintenance for residents, and the cost of utilities and standard amenities is reduced.

With all the benefits and inclusions of living in a strata scheme, child safety is always a persevering topic of conversation.

Regardless of the building’s state – new or old, large or small – additional safety concerns should always be considered. By-laws are set in place to minimize danger and damage for residents, especially children.

By-laws and rules differ between the strata schemes available. Some properties may be more childproofed than others. 

Still, if residents’ children could be in the way of harm, it’s always a significant issue to address as soon as possible to avoid potential injury or lawsuits.

What spaces in the building should strata management services childproof?

  • Pools and ponds

Pools and ponds

Large or small bodies of water pose a significant risk for children to fall into. Pools and ponds should be fenced or locked. They should also have an expert regularly check the latch if it is in working condition.

Children are crafty, often more than we like. Check and remove branches, bins or any objects they could use to climb over fencing into a pool area.

Pool furniture, such as deck chairs or tables, that can be dragged easily to be used to climb over fencing, should be secured.

Proper signage in and around the pool or pond area should be displayed where everyone can see them. 

These should clearly indicate the rules and properties of the water for safety reasons, such as depth, restrictions and the like.

It is also important to note the chlorine count and water temperature as children can be affected more adversely than adults if the water is not balanced. 

It is recommended to bring in an expert to test the chlorine and monitor it frequently so thatn your residents have a guarantee of safety.

  • Balconies

In the warmer months, safety precautions become increasingly important for those with balconies. 

People are more inclined to leave windows and doors open, creating potential devastating situations with childrearing exploring parts of the balcony they shouldn’t.

It should be frequently communicated by poster, email or newsletter that residents should never let their children play on balconies without supervision.

All plants, boxes, tables and objects that could be used for climbing should be removed from the edge of the balcony.

The balcony doors should be locked when not in use to prevent children from accessing the area unattended.

Any maintenance concerns should be reported to strata management as soon as possible and be dealt with promptly. Nobody wants any children’s lives at risk from falling.

  • Windows


Apart from balconies, the other places children have a high risk of injury are windows. 

Many unfortunate parents have suffered a devastating loss from leaving a window open with an unattended child.

Since 2013, there have been several measures set in place by the NSW Government to protect young children’s lives from falling out windows. 

According to them, “Windows that can be opened must have safety devices fitted to allow window openings to be locked at 12.5cm. This applies to windows that are less than 1.7 metres above the floor on the inside of the house or dwelling, and Windows that have a fall of 2 metres or more from the outside to the surface below. Window safety devices must be able to resist an outward force of 250N (about 25kg).”

Keep climbable furniture away from windows and make sure the widow’s security locks are working and can’t open past 12.5cm. 

Do not rely on flyscreens to protect children from falling. They keep the bugs out but can’t keep your children in. Allow a professional to install proper safety screens.

  • Driveways and Carparks

Driveways and parks in strata complexes can be very dangerous for children. Even children under supervision can, in seconds, run out in front of a car and be injured.

Ensure outdoor activities are allowed in correspondence with the local by-laws—set up signage to indicate what is not permitted, such as skateboarding, rollerblading, biking etc. 

The signage should also suggest that children must always be supervised and a speed limit.

Residents should never speed in a strata complex and should always thoroughly check their mirrors when reversing.

Safety measure is set in place to protect the lives of a strata’s residents. 

It is important to enforce these rules and remind residents of the strata’s safety precautions. Nobody wants an accident to happen or face a lawsuit for potentially devastating situations.For expert strata management in Baulkham hills, contact Strata & Co today on 1300 033 947. Your resident’s safety is in our best interest!

Residential strata and the holiday season
Community, Residential, Uncategorized

Residential strata and the holiday season

The holiday season has officially arrived! With Christmas, New Year’s Eve and a variety of religious holidays falling in proximity, this time of year can be a hectic yet fun period full of celebrations and exciting events.

While the holiday season is an exciting time for many, it can also be not-so-great for others in your apartment building. 

Do you live in a residential strata community? You must maintain the peace and be considerate of your neighbours!

As a full-service strata management service in Sydney, we find that the best way to achieve a seamless strata community during the next few weeks is to be mindful of others in your complex.

Not sure how you can achieve this? Read our tips below!

Hold a strata community end of year party

It is always an excellent idea to build rapport between your neighbours by hosting a communal party. 

This is a great opportunity to bring everyone together and a great excuse to celebrate and be merry! You can organise this by speaking to your building manager or committee if you have one. 

Hold a strata community end of year party

Depending on the size of your building, you can include the entire complex. For a smaller, more intimate gathering, you can keep it to the neighbours on your floor.

This is a good way to bond and get to know fellow residents in your strata. It is also a thoughtful idea for those who don’t have anyone to celebrate it with, giving them a way to celebrate and feel included.

To spread the news of the event, you can post in a shared social media group, hang posters or drop mailouts in the letterboxes. Word of mouth is also sufficient. 

Play some music and ask people to bring their own drinks and snacks and possibly seats and you should be sorted!

Depending on the group size, you could host this in the biggest apartment between the group or the building’s communal garden or rooftop area. Just make sure you all clean up after yourselves once done!

Be mindful about your celebrations

Are you hosting family or friends this holiday season? No matter the celebration, you’ll want to make sure you are a good neighbour by keeping other tenants in mind.

Not all your neighbours celebrate the same holidays. With a diverse mix of religions and cultures celebrated in Sydney, it is important you do not offend your neighbours. Keeping peace and being respectful is key!

While it is all good and well to celebrate and have a party or gathering (assuming social distancing restrictions are followed), you should be aware of your surroundings. This includes keeping your volume to a certain level. 

From pumping music to general voice levels, you should ensure noise restrictions are followed. The last thing you want to do is disturb your neighbour with a sleeping newborn!

Requesting your guests to keep away from private parking spots is also important. They should not be inconveniencing your neighbours! Parking on the street or in the visitors parking spaces if you have any available should suffice.

It would help if you also gave your surrounding neighbours a heads up. This will keep them informed and will have them expecting noise. Plus, if they have any requests, you have time to make a compromise before your celebrations begin.

Also, letting your neighbours know will help with your security. By keeping them aware of when you’ll be celebrating and having guests over, they’ll be able to know when things look or don’t look suspicious.

Make peace and help your neighbours

By providing our strata management services to residential buildings across Sydney, we know how important it is for those who may have previously had issues with neighbours to take advantage of this time of year to make peace.

Whether you take over homemade goodies as an olive branch or leave them a greeting card, this could be a great way to mend any misunderstandings and to start new. 

Make peace and help your neighbours

Plus, many people are in a better mood when off work and celebrating. Take advantage of the holiday high and catch your neighbours when they are in their best mood. This is your chance to apologise for any previous misunderstandings.

But while it may be a cheery time for some, it can be stressful for others. 

It is important to remember this and look out for signs of those who may not be in a good headspace. If you do notice someone who may need help, there are a few things you can do to help.

Simply smiling and greeting them can make their day. Providing them with assistance during your time off through simple household chores or errands like getting their mail can also be a big help. 

For that festive touch, you could always gift them a small present or dish if you notice they are lonely too. If you have the room and feel comfortable, you could always invite them to your celebrations!

Have any questions about strata this holiday? Give your strata manager a call on 1300 033 947! We are always willing to assist our clients with any enquiries.

From the entire team at Strata & Co., we would like to wish all our clients a safe and happy holiday season. See you in the new year!

Ideas for community gardens
Community, Uncategorized

Ideas for community gardens

As a strata manager, whether you are managing a commercial workplace or residential complex, the people occupying your property are in your best interest.

This is because you make decisions to improve the value and sustainability of your strata.

Choosing to establish a community garden in a strata complex is an exceptional way to inspire a sense of health and community.

With hundreds of features and configurations to choose from, your strata complex will be a captivating community hub.

How a community garden benefits your strata

Keeping all your residents satisfied and looking after the welfare of your property can seem challenging at times. By building a community garden, you are creating an environment that is positive and engaging for everyone.

Community gardens encourage people to gain practical skills and learn more about each other. It also promotes healthy social interaction all the while constructing a deep sense of unity.

According to Grow Journey, having a garden in your strata can improve your investment return, increase the value of your property, reduce energy waste and improve the physical and mental health of the residents.

How a community garden benefits your strata

Community gardens do more than just provide aesthetic comfort. They help improve the air and soil quality, preserve the environment and biodiversity of plants and conductively reduce the impact of waste by composting.

Poor nutrition may be a commonly faced challenge in a low-income community. Therefore, community gardens positioned in such a neighbourhood promote a healthy lifestyle and act to reduce poor nutrition habits.

Gardens in urban areas are positively correlated with decreased crime rates, says Greenleaf Communities.

Alongside reduced crime rates, having community gardens in strata in urban areas advocate environmental education and welfare further.

Knowledge acquired when learning about nature and the environment in residential or commercial strata can be taken home or to businesses and schools, thus improving the education system in Sydney.

As one of the leading strata management companies in Sydney, we encourage community gardens as we understand that building community gardens can improve the development and well-being of the greater local community.

Variations in community gardens for residential, commercial and community strata

There are substantial differences when catering to residential, commercial or community strata. A communal garden can have varying impacts on the strata and surrounding community.

There are a variety of types of garden development to choose from, including plot gardens, cooperative gardens, youth gardens, entrepreneurial market gardens and therapeutic gardens. Each of these serve a different purpose and are comprised of assorted elements.

  • Plot and therapeutic gardens

This type is ideal for residential strata. One way to build a plot garden is to subdivide the area into designated sections for households where they have autonomy on what to grow and cultivate.

Therapeutic gardens would be optimised intentionally for aesthetic purposes. You could grow plants that encourage the use of senses, such as “smell gardens”. For exotic flora and fauna, you can promote relaxation and mental health.

  • Cooperative and therapeutic gardens

Cooperative and therapeutic gardens are excellent configurations for commercial strata. They focus on the community and the individual respectively.

Building and cultivating a cooperative garden in commercial strata endorses teamwork, hobbies, education and giving back to the community.

These gardens are usually sponsored and supported by organisations such as faith groups, health departments, private businesses, retirement communities, community service and much more.

Therapeutic gardens placed in commercial strata improve the mental health of the workers who occupy the building. They do this by providing a quiet, natural, green space for meal breaks.

  • Youth and entrepreneurial gardens

These are perfect styles of communal gardens for community strata management to implement.

Youth gardens focus on education and development and serve as outdoor classrooms. Hands-on application and immersion in nature teach the youth about horticulture and applicable life skills from a young age.

Exposure to the outdoor environment and diversity in nature equip the current youth generation with knowledge and healthy mindsets to set up our future society to succeed.

Entrepreneurial gardens create a place for young and old to learn about the business world and pragmatically prepare themselves to step into these new environments.

You could encourage growing vegetables and herbs in slightly larger quantities to sell off to local supermarkets, making profits and supporting local businesses and organically sourced foods.

How to build and maintain a cohesive community garden

The first step when starting your community garden project as a strata manager is to decide on the location of your garden site.

Things like clean water sourcing, healthy soil, air and sunlight are environmental factors to consider.

Be sure to enquire with the landowner about any legal issues and bylaws when starting up such an initiative. You would also need to find a sponsor or source of financial support.

Secondly, you need to organise the garden. Ask yourself questions like, “What are the financial consideration for this project?”, “What would be the limitations for terminating the initiative? (vandalism, weeds, lack of participation)”.

How to build and maintain a cohesive community garden

Afterwards, you can begin promoting the community garden initiative through local marketing vessels. This helps raise awareness within the occupants of your strata complex.

Lastly, the development of your garden will take place. Be ready to plot and plan to features such as pools, water fountains, landscaping, garden sections, seating areas, BBQ areas, bathrooms and any other amenities you would require.

You also need to consider what rules and regulations to post around your community garden to maintain a clean and safe environment. Always make sure these rules comply with local laws and guidelines as well.

You could appoint community garden managers to oversee the usage and upkeep of the garden each week. Consider hiring a groundkeeper to assist your residents or occupants in keeping the new community space, clean.

The garden management team or groundkeeper can resolve any minor issues with the vegetation and communal area.

Many strata companies in Sydney are building community gardens to increase the value of land and health of the local community.

At Strata & Co., we provide professional and responsive management with personalised service to better your strata and ultimately provide good service to the community.

To learn more about our strata services and who we service, give us a call on 1300 033 947.

Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

The benefits of comprehensive strata services

If you are a resident, owner or operator of a strata building, you understand what it is like to have incompetent strata managers – ones that are unresponsive, lazy or unqualified.

Regardless, you may also know how it is to work with excellent strata managers and the positive difference they can offer.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of comprehensive strata services and why you should choose a strata management company that provides you with the best.

Services provided

There are many strata companies in Sydney and trying to figure out which one to choose can be daunting. You can easily eliminate a lot of companies from your choices by assessing whether or not they provide comprehensive services.

A strata management company that can provide you with a wide host of services, rather than just on a selected few, can go a long way in helping you manage your complex.

Most strata companies will provide a few core services and outsource other areas.

But at Strata & Co., we offer all levels of strata management and are proud to be the only company of its kind in Australia. Our fully licensed and local teams are trained and skilled in comprehensive strata management.

Personalized service

Our unique approach to strata management is like a one-stop-shop, where you work with us for all your strata needs. A holistic approach provides numerous benefits such as an easier billing process which help organise and minimise fees and payments.

By being all-inclusive, there’s no need to work with multiple companies and people. You just have one point of contact that can filter all your needs which saves time, money and avoids unnecessary hassle.

Local industry knowledge

Our qualified team has experience with residential, commercial and community strata and we pride ourselves on our local knowledge of specific areas of Sydney. We understand the needs of your strata whether you are in Cronulla or Bondi.

The areas we have knowledge in and cover across Sydney include, but is not limited to, the Eastern Suburbs, the Sutherland Shire, Western Sydney, the Northern Beaches and the North Shore.

24-hour turnaround

Another benefit of being comprehensive is we offer after-hours contact numbers for any of your emergency needs. We aim to make strata straightforward, but that doesn’t mean we make it useless! We make strata simple for you by doing our job exceptionally.

Here at Strata & Co., we have you covered for all your comprehensive strata management needs in Sydney. From accounting and administration, by-laws, executive meetings, insurance and other extra services, we specialise in all areas of strata.

For more information about how to change your strata manager to a more competent one or perhaps a better understanding of our services, contact our friendly team at 1300 033 947 today!

Solar and strata
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

Solar and strata

Solar energy is becoming more and more popular in Australia, especially with our conducive climate. Perhaps you are a resident or an owner of a strata who is thinking about investing on this for your complex or specific apartment block.

However, going solar in a strata is not as simple as you may think. There are multiple factors that make it tricky — and we will explain these as well as ways to still incorporate it.

Typically, in strata properties, the individual blocks or homes have their own electricity account. If you, as a complex, want solar energy, how will you decide where the solar power goes and who must continue to use the previous energy supplier? If an individual wants solar, then it would require an individual set up which can prove to be difficult.

In strata complexes, there are multiple decision makers, so even making the choice to install solar may take a while and require several people’s approval. And once approved, the installation can prove a hassle depending on your building height, roof structure and wiring capabilities.

Adding panels to a roof may require heavy machines to transport panels and other items. And intense wiring might be needed to activate the solar panels. Plus, getting the right angle and placement is crucial. These are all factors to consider.

Solar panels

There are some solutions though which can assist you in incorporating green solar energy into your building. Keep reading to find out.

Powering common areas

By choosing to focus the solar panels’ energy to power common areas, you avoid the pitfall of some tenants monopolising the “free” energy over others.

Common areas often work off a different meter because they aren’t charging tenants directly, so it is easier to add a solar meter. This will minimise the communal cost in the long run and should benefit everyone through reduced strata bills.

This is perhaps the simplest way to add solar to your building without trying to jump through many hoops and dealing with individuals as a whole.

Per room

If the building is only occupied by a few sections and the roof has plenty of space to allocate a solar panel for each tenant, then choosing a solar system per unit may be a better option for you. This means each tenant reaps the benefits of their own solar unit.

Solar energy

However, challenges may arise with this method as well. What if one area of the roof gets more sunlight than another area? What if someone wants a larger panel? Having a mix of renters and buyers could make approval for this difficult.

This is why choosing confident and competent strata companies in Sydney is vital. We at Strata & Co. can help you navigate the tenuous roads of meetings, by-laws and approval processes.

Shared system

Another method is to use one system that divides the energy up between units. This requires complex computing — and only one company in Australia offers it so far.

Basically, over the course of the month, each apartment gets equal amounts of solar energy distribution. It can be added to existing metering. But because of its rarity in deployment, this may be an idea for the future when it becomes more widely available.

If you want to incorporate solar energy into your strata, there are ways of doing it. Here at Strata and Co., we pride ourselves in providing comprehensive strata management throughout Sydney. This includes navigating all queries and innovations you may have.

For more information, contact our friendly team at 1400 033 947.

Tips for living with others
Community, Residential, Retirement

Tips on living with others

Strata living is highly beneficial but can have its down moments as well. It is crucial you understand how to navigate a life of living amongst others. This involves dealing with problems when they arise but also recognising what you may be doing that is causing issues.

In this article, we discuss some helpful tips for living with others.

Be aware

This can make the difference in your life. Being aware of the strata by-laws and rules can help you understand potential problems, if others are actually breaking them and ways to deal with issues.

Also, being aware of your own behaviour, noise and cleanliness can help mitigate potential flare ups with neighbours. When living with others, it is best to be conscious of what is happening.

Perhaps there is a notice or change in the building. If you notice that one of your fellow neighbours didn’t see or receive it, you can pass on the message. This can go a long way in establishing a trusting relationship with your strata community.

Strata living

For example, strata management in Cronulla will be different from the Sutherland Shire.

So, knowing the rules specific to your building is essential — especially if you have lived in a strata building prior and think you know the by-laws and rules.

Be involved

A thriving strata building is one where there is involvement and a sense of community.

Be actively interested in what happens in the building and stay informed if there are updates, events or changes.

Nobody likes a stickybeak, but being involved in the community on a basic level will enhance your living situation and those around you.

Be respectful

This one goes without saying, but when living amongst others, the best course of action is to be respectful and pleasant.

If a neighbour does something kind, say thank you. Obey the noise complaint rules and don’t treat common areas like your personal living room. If you yourself are doing this, it helps when dealing with neighbours that are breaking these courtesies as you are above reproach.


Be fast

If and when problems arise, deal with them quickly. Never let anything fester, as in strata buildings, they will eventually explode.

Dealing with issues quickly and appropriately will often get the best results and allow you and others to move on faster.

Oftentimes, problems are unintentional — and whether it is your fault or someone else’s, no one really wants to be the “annoying” strata person. Confront problems fast and then move on.

Be communicative

Talk to your neighbours when you have the chance. Whether it is general chit-chat or building updates, forming a communicative relationship with your fellow strata occupants can help make the living experience better for all.

If problems arise, talk to your neighbours first before taking legal or corporate action. Most of the time, they don’t realise they are even breaking the rules or being a nuisance. If infractions continue, then take it up the line.

By having an active relationship with those around you, you’ll be surprised at how beneficial it can be.


Be balanced

At the end of the day, you still want to have your private life even though you’re living close to others. But being balanced is key.

It can be hard at first to strike the balance between privacy and social activity when surrounded by all kinds of people, but it is crucial you eventually find it.

Being a balanced individual will make you a better neighbour and you’ll find your strata situation will improve.

These are just some tips for strata living. For more information regarding strata life, contact our experienced team at 1300 033 947. Our fully licensed team provides the best strata management in Sydney.

How to deal with noise complaints
Commercial, Community, Residential, Retirement

How to deal with noise complaints

There are various elements to strata living that only the most experienced strata companies in Sydney can manage.

When it comes to tenant issues, it can be challenging to navigate, but here at Strata & Co., we have some helpful tips on how to deal with noise complaints.

Dealing with the issue

It is important to understand that all those who live and work in a strata scheme should avoid being a nuisance to other tenants.

However, different strata buildings have different by-laws – and these may or may not include specific noise issues.

A good strata manager will be able to indicate in paperwork where the by-laws are stated. If new by-laws need to be drafted, then strata companies can assist in all the necessary steps.

It is often recommended that if there are noise problems amongst neighbours, they handle it maturely and hassle-free. But that doesn’t always happen, and one or more neighbours may end up complaining.

Strata issues

In this case, it is always best to get any complaints in writing because if further action needs to be taken, word of mouth can be hard to verify.

Enforcing the by-laws

If a by-law is in place and is being breached, then you can take the necessary actions to remedy that. But if perhaps no law is being broken, a new by-law could be introduced to resolve the issue.

This often requires the planning and execution of a committee meeting, which again, a company like Strata & Co. assists with.

Proper warning and explanation of any by-laws being broken is required to any offending tenants.

However, if problems persist, then further action can be taken and fines may be issued. Again, this is something that a strata manager can help advise.

All efforts to resolve issues civilly should be made before, resulting in any sort of legal action. This can be time-consuming, costly and relationship-damaging.

Seeking assistance

Mediation may also be a viable option, where an unbiased third-party listens to their dispute and then helps them resolve it.

Again, this may lead to something or may not – it is dependent on the individuals involved.

Strata meeting

Certain areas of Sydney are more prone to noise than others due to the active nightlife they may have.

Strata management in Bondi, for example, may be different from others as the area is close to the beach. It may lend itself to neighbours having a good time and forgetting about the time. It is wise to think about these things when writing up by-laws per building.

No matter the issue, Strata & Co. are your strata management experts. We are skilled in helping you deal with all sorts of issues – whether noise complaints or larger, more complex problems. It always helps to have reliable management on your side.

Find out more about our full range of services and how we can help you by contacting our friendly staff at 1300 033 947.

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!


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.