295. WHS Basics for Residential Owners Corporations – with Bill Kritharas

Lawyer Bill Kritharas joins me to explain an owners corporation’s work health and safety obligations, including: how the WHS law applies differently to residential, commercial and mixed use buildings his problem with work health and safety reports the important role of the strata manager in guiding their clients, and more.

294. Mandatory Annual Reporting for NSW Strata

You may have missed it in the end-of-year rush, but in December 2021 a new regulation was made in NSW making it mandatory for all strata schemes to submit an annual report to Fair Trading. In this episode, I’m walking you through the new regulation and encouraging you to start thinking about how you might ensure your compliance later this year.

293. The Top 5 of 2021

  I’m sharing our top 5 most downloaded podcast episodes of 2021. If you haven’t managed to catch all of this year’s episodes, this is your recommended summer listening schedule.    I wish you a happy and restful festive season. I’ll be back on 5 January with the first podcast episode of 2022.   Links…

291. CCTV Best Practice – with Chris Irons

  Chris Irons of Strata Solve joins me to share:  his view that it’s often a clash of personalities that’s at the root of some of the most expensive and conflict-ridden strata litigation why he hasn’t looked back since finishing up his role as QLD Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management  his 3 ‘best…

290. Communities in Turmoil: A Guide to Compulsory Appointments

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

289. Evacuation Diagrams and Emergency Management Plans

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

288. Unsigned Contracts | Pet Bonds | New Community Schemes Law

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

287. How to invest OC funds – Strata Guardian

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

286. Strata Committees: 3 Popular Questions Answered

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

284. “Almost completely in the dark”: apartment purchasers

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

283. Common property only for the vaxxed? Dr Cathy Sherry answers

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

282. Successful Strata Records Inspections: My 4 Step Process

A source of frustration for many owners, records inspections is one of the subjects I am most frequently asked about. I'm sharing my 4 steps to a successful strata records inspection, including what to do when particular records are withheld for 'privacy' or 'legal' reasons. 

279. Secure your Compliance with Extraordinary New Public Health Orders (NSW)

NSW (finally) has a set of public health orders specific to apartment buildings.    But…they’re not quite what we were asking for.   I outline the new and rather onerous obligations on strata managers and others ‘managing’ residential buildings that are forced into hard lockdown.   I’m also giving you access to my new resource, helping you…

276. New law for NSW: does your “pet” by-law stack up?

  On Wednesday this week, it became much easier for residents in NSW strata buildings to keep pets in their homes. In this episode, I unpack the new legislation, including its impact on existing by-laws that restrict the keeping of animals. Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Read the Cooper Decision here Section 139 –…

275. Electronic meeting ballots and agendas: a legal quandary

  Reena and I cover: how to complete a ballot paper “in writing” during an electronic meeting  the surprising item missing from our strata legislation  the insurer who capitulated second time around a creative solution to a long-standing noise dispute Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Regulation 10: Ballot for strata committee – Strata Schemes…

274. Building a Successful Offshore Team – with Strata Staff

  This week, Shawn Brown of Strata Staff joins me to explain the benefits of offshoring, particularly for strata managers. We discuss how to avoid a “train wreck” experience and what it takes to build a team that adds significant value for owners.  Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Shawn’s email address: shawn@stratastaff.com.au  Strata Staff…

273. What does the “2 worker” rule really mean?

  I’m bringing you an edited version of last Friday’s LIVE chat with Chris Duggan.    We cover the new Professional Standards Scheme for NSW strata managers and their staff, plus the need-to-know on the latest (and no less confusing) iteration of our Public Health Orders.  Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Your Strata Property…

272. Does an “in meeting” vote trump a “pre meeting” vote?

Reena and I cover: the indecisive voter: what happens when an owner votes one way via pre-meeting voting, then changes their mind and wants to vote the other way at the meeting? lessons from Miami and a warning to communities ignoring their repair and maintenance obligations the deep clean that went just right and the…

271. Avoid this mask-wearing mistake

A short, but important message from me this week: make sure you understand the effect of the amended NSW Public Health Order, mandating masks on indoor common property in Greater Sydney. It may not mean what you think it does.  Let’s get this right.  Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Public health orders relating to…

270. Adjourning meetings without quorum

This week, Reena and I cover: access to CCTV footage: often controversial in our strata schemes, but what about when the footage belongs to a BMC? a refresher on the quorum rule, including when a chair must proceed in the absence of a quorum   and more. And if you haven’t already, access your NSW Health…

269. Strata in lockdown ** SPECIAL LIVE Q&A**

I’m bringing you an edited version of my Facebook LIVE event of Tuesday evening: your need-to-know for NSW strata in lockdown, including: what the current public health order means for residents and managers how to conduct safe and legal meetings during this time whether committees can demand disclosure of positive test results or self-isolators what…

268. Cladding, committees and the other C word

Tom Bacon is my guest this week, sharing his expertise as a practising strata lawyer in Victoria. He shares: why we shouldn’t expect the Southbank townhouse transmission event to be the last we see in our strata communities how the VIC government’s response to combustible cladding is letting many buildings down the good, the bad…

267. Registered by-laws incomplete | ballot for committee | win for disability access

This week: Reena wonders if renovation works by-laws registered without annexed plans are still valid I share a listener challenge around hotly contested committee elections Reena has her “biggest win since we started the podcast” and I help an owner achieve disability access in their building Links mentioned: Get the transcript here!  Section 34 –…