This week, Reena and I touch on the issue of insurance commissions once more. We also discuss the fact that some buildings never seem to have committee meetings, and why that’s a problem. Finally, if you ever lose an original certificate of title, this episode explains how to get a replacement!
This week, I’m joined by Tony Scott, who is a committee member in a small Sydney strata scheme. Tony shares the step by step process taken by his building to replace a blanket ban on pets with a more reasonable by-law, permitting pets with the approval of the strata committee. Tony has some excellent, practical tips to win over even the most “pet-unfriendly” owners. Vital listening for anyone questioning the legitimacy of their own building’s pet-ban.
This week, Reena and I discuss how the owners in a very small scheme (eg: two lots) may live “together but separately”, by taking on personal responsibility for the common property adjacent to their lot. We also explore the types of situations which may give rise to a strata lawyer having a conflict of interest, and I ask Reena whether strata managers can be appointed for a term that is “until the next AGM”.
After an unexpected hiatus, this week’s podcast episode has been released (and the tech gremlins finally conquered). I’m chatting to productivity expert Ash Roy, who shares his tips to ensure 2019 is your best year yet. From implementing systems to practising mindfulness, there is indeed a way to do less and achieve more. I have personally benefited from Ash’s guidance over the past few years and recommend this episode to busy strata managers and overwhelmed committee members in particular.
This week, Reena identifies a trap for inexperienced players when it comes to company nominees, including corporate lot owners appointing proxy holders. We answer a listener question: ‘how do I identify privileged documents in strata books and records?’ Reena shares a win in relation to a common property rights by-law and I cover off an important case impacting the installation of hard flooring. A jam packed episode for the end of the year.
This week, Reena and I answer a listener question about how to solve parking problems at your building. I share a case law update about pets, and Reena reminds us of a handy motion you might like to consider when approving works under a DA.
This week, Heather Lander of Strata Advise not only explains the role of the strata insurance broker, but lifts the lid on broker commissions and fees. You’ll be shocked to hear what brokers don’t have to disclose to their clients. Heather arms us with some excellent questions to ask your broker when renewal time comes around.
This week, I chat with one of Victoria’s most experienced strata lawyers – Tim Graham, partner, HWL Ebsworth – about a recent Supreme Court case which has left buildings questioning whether they can be forced to upgrade their common property to cater for residents with a disability. Tim shares his insights and predictions for the future.
This week, I chat to Marcus Walker of Strata Energy Services, a company bringing strata buildings together to get better rates from their energy providers. Marcus talks us through the surprisingly simple process, including how your building can get started by asking just one question…
This week, Reena seeks guidance on how best to deal with a former managing agent who refuses to hand over all of the books and records for a scheme she has just taken on. I also share a win for a lot owner who received a non compliant meeting notice.
Reena and I debate the question – is it ever ok to allow work to commence under the terms of a by-law before the by-law has been registered? We also celebrate a joint win, having recently settled a lot owner’s claim for damages prior to incurring the expense and stress of court litigation. We share our insights with you on this week’s episode.
This week I chat to Natalie Fitzgerald, strata manager, about the difficulties faced by some owners when it comes to having their view heard above the ‘loud voices’ that prevail within their building and on their strata committee. Natalie and I each share our tips for owners who feel overwhelmed by the democratic process, and discuss why the loudest voice may not always be the “right” voice
This week, Reena reminds us of an often overlooked rule when it comes to the ballot for committee elections. She also shares a great insider-tip to ensure consistent cash flow for a building.
In this episode of the YSP podcast, Amanda Farmer interviews Jen Bishop, founder of hugely successful Interiors Addict and Reno Addict websites, getting her expert tips on how to use clever design to create your dream strata space.