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YSP Live: An Evening with Amanda Farmer & Special Guests

Experience Your Strata Property – Live: an evening with Amanda Farmer and Special Guests. Recorded in April 2018

Sneak peek episode 173. Beware the motion to discuss “general business”

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Reena and I cover how to legally deal with ‘general business’ at strata meetings. Listen to the full episode here:https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/beware-the-motion-to-discuss-general-business/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access to this video and lots more: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/membership/

Sneak peek episode 171. Who pays contents insurance excess | adjourned meetings | pre-1974 lot boundaries

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I walk through the answer to a common question – why are owners usually responsible for their own balcony doors in pre-1974 NSW buildings? Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/who-pays-contents-insurance-excess-adjourned-meetings-pre-1974-lot-boundaries/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access to this video and…

Sneak peek episode 167. Defamatory emails | renovation approvals | expiry of agency agreements

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Reena and I discuss best practice when it comes to owners submitting by-laws for renovation works, and why it this process often takes far longer than owners assume. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/defamatory-emails-renovation-approvals-expiry-of-agency-agreements/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access…

Sneak peek episode 165: Levies unpaid for 18 months | insurance runaround | lost rent claims

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I share the (common) story of an owner affected by water penetration from a failed roof membrane, in particular – an investor-owner who has a significant claim for lost rent. Full episode out on Wednesday. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/levies-unpaid-for-18-months-insurance-runaround-lost-rent-claims/ Want to watch the full video?…

Sneak peek episode 164: Improving communication between residents with Stratabox

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I’m chatting to Paul Chevrot, co-founder of Strata Box, about the unique way in which his software is allowing strata residents and owners to curate the information they receive about their home or investment. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/improving-communication-between-residents-with-stratabox/ Want to watch the full video? Become…

Sneak peek episode 163: Can’t get access to install window locks?

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Reena and I discuss a situation where the committee secretary might be provided with a full copy of the strata roll at no charge. Plus much more. Full episode out on Wednesday. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/cant-get-access-to-install-window-locks/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member…

Sneak Peek Episode 162: Replacing combustible cladding? The class action you need to know about

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Gavin Beardsell of IMF Bentham explains how strata buildings can get involved in the combustible cladding class action, and why they should. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/replacing-combustible-cladding-the-class-action-you-need-to-know-about/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access to this video and lots more:…

Sneak Peek Episode 161: When is it ok to delay repairs and maintenance?

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: what happens when a building in the midst of a complex defects claim against the original builder is also being pursued by lot owners suffering loss of rent due to the defects? Reena and I troubleshoot this challenge, and more. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/when-is-it-ok-to-delay-repairs-and-maintenance/ Want…

Sneak Peek Episode 159: What does strata building insurance cover?

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Reena and I are covering off the need-to-know essentials of strata building insurance policies. What’s covered and who determines the correct amount of coverage? Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/what-does-strata-building-insurance-cover/ Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access to this video and…

Sneak Peek Episode 157: Fires, defects and short term lets; a building manager’s perspective

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I’m chatting to Chris Sargeant, building manager, about his experience helping very large new buildings through defects liability periods. We also cover his key takeaways from the Lacrosse building, where he was the BM at the time of the fire. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.yourstrataproperty.com.au/fires-defects-and-short-term-lets-a-building-managers-perspective/ Want…

Meet Leila: the “liberated” strata owner

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Why I recommend by-laws dealing with renovation works

Our strata legislation in NSW is a little complex when it comes to different types of renovation works and the different approval thresholds for each. I recommend each building adopts a by-law which clearly sets out which type of work requires which level of approval (if any). This way, owners are not left wondering and…

Sneak Peek Episode 155: The gamechanger that is Soho App

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I chat to Trent Muffett about the game changer that is Soho. Set to be the “LinkedIn” for real estate, Soho is here and will impact the buying, selling and managing of #strata properties. Full episode out on Wednesday. Listen to the full episode here. Want to watch…

Sneak Peek Episode 154: When you’re unhappy, go back to the contract terms

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: Reena shares a cautionary tale about the disposal of abandoned goods on common property. Fail to follow the legislated procedure at your peril! Full episode out on Wednesday. Listen to the full episode here. Want to watch the full video? Become a member and receive immediate access to…

Sneak Peek Episode 149: Why strata committees should be meeting regularly

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!

Sneak Peek Episode 148: How one building successfully lifted a pet ban

Sneak peek at this week’s podcast episode: I’m joined by long-time strata owner Tony Scott who shares the steps he took to successfully lobby for the overhaul of a “pet ban” in his building. Excellent tips here for those wishing to do the same. Full episode out on Wednesday.

Sneak Peek Episode 146: How to get the most out of your 2019 in strata, with Ash Roy

I’m chatting to productivity expert Ash Roy, who shares his tips for your most effective 2019 ever. 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.

Sneak Peek Episode 145: How to replace an underperforming strata manager with an administrator

This week, Reena seeks my guidance on a particularly troubled building that wants the Tribunal to sack its current strata manager and appoint a new strata manager with all the powers of the Owners Corporation and committee. We also revisit the popular topic of insurance commissions: should an ‘outgoing’ strata manager retain the commission on a policy renewal? Also, listen closely for mention of the lot owner who installed a “Narnia-like” wardrobe…

Sneak Peek Episode 143: When are records privileged? Plus, a flooring case

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.

Sneak Peek Episode 139: How to fund upgrades that only benefit some owners

This week, Reena and I consider a creative way for buildings to manage upgrade works – especially where the upgrade will benefit one group of owners but not others. How can costs be fairly shared? We answer a listener question about fire doors and celebrate the building that wants to donate to charity.

Sneak Peek Episode 138: The shocking truth about broker commissions and fees

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.

Sneak Peek Episode 136: Upgrading the common property to cater for disability

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.

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