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Residential

Home Security is Everyone’s Job

“If you think living in a multi-storey residential apartments means break-ins aren’t possible, think again!” said Acting Sergeant Danielle Bright in a recent Queensland Police blog.

Thieves can be very opportunistic, often on the lookout for not-quite-shut balcony doors and …

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Residential

Not So Secret Squirrel: What To Expect At Your Building AGMs

Welcome to the community

“It was an eye-opening experience for me—both stressful and exciting,” says Julie, of buying her first apartment. “I’m settling in well though. I’ve been getting to know my neighbours, and the building manager better; and I …

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Residential

The Great Trolley Chase: Are your building’s lifts out of bounds?

It may seem like an odd question, but it is one we get regularly: Can we take our shopping trolleys into our buildings’ lifts? The answer always starts with “Well, it depends…”

Not all shopping trolleys are created equal

There …

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Body Corporate Investment

How building sustainability can be a communal activity

These days ‘sustainability’ isn’t a household word anymore. We use it—and a raft of other new terms—at work, on holidays, at the shops, in the car… We’re more conscious now of our impact on the world around us than ever …

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Body Corporate Investment

Things to consider when creating a balcony garden

With 1.3m Australians now living in an apartment (according to the 2016 Census), balconies have fast become the new Aussie backyard.

Greening your apartment and your balcony is a great way to bring nature into your home, and to create …

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Body Corporate Investment

Things That Must be Disclosed when Buying a Lot in a Scheme

If you’ve decided to purchase a residential or commercial property within a Strata Scheme, make sure you receive all the information you are entitled to, and need to know.

Sometimes not having the right information can cause issues or anguish, …

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Strata scheme

Proxy Votes: should you give your voting right to someone else?

Gathering proxy votes is common practice in body corporates. It’s a way for active lot owners to gain more votes for something they want done.   If that “something” will benefit the scheme and all lot owners, then it makes sense. …

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Maintenance

Combustible cladding registration deadline looms for property owners

Safety concerns regarding cladding in apartment buildings have come into sharp focus following a fast-moving fire at a Melbourne apartment building in early February. Now, the first ‘cladding deadline’ relating to the proper use of construction materials looms in both …