219. Unpacking QLD’s new COVID legislation for body corporates

Michael Kleinschmidt of Stratum Legal joins me to shed some light on new COVID legislation impacting QLD body corporates. We discuss the status of strata law reform generally in QLD and why Michael believes buildings should have the option to serve meeting notices by Twitter, if it suits them. You’ll also want to tune in […]

218. Expired agency agreements | OCs investing money | new COVID regulations

This week, Reena joins me to discuss: the precarious position in which agents and buildings are left when an agency agreement unexpectedly expires how buildings can invest surplus funds (and why not all banks are the same) the new COVID regulations for NSW strata schemes: your need-to-know summary. Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Section […]

217. How The Horizon upheld its pet ban – with David Edwards

This week I am joined by David Edwards, the lawyer who led The Horizon apartment building to success before the NCAT Appeal Panel. David explains the facts, findings and impact of this case, in which a by-law banning pets was upheld. He also promises to buy me a drink. I wrote that one down.  Links […]

216. Why the real estate sector must understand strata – with Leanne Pilkington

The President of Real Estate Institute (NSW), Leanne Pilkington joins me this week. We cover: why the relationship between property managers and strata managers needs to improve recent changes to disclosure requirements when it comes to tenants moving into strata how Leanne’s instinct drove her to start daily Facebook Live chats at the height of […]

214. Nikki Jovicic on how and why she built Australia’s top strata blog

My guest this week is the founder of a website many of you know and love: LookUpStrata. Although she usually prefers to stay out of the limelight, Nikki Jovicic generously shared with me her journey, from collating subject guides for chronic disease to publishing over 100,000 pages of online strata information.  Nikki reveals the most popular […]

213. Dysfunctional committee | expiring agency agreement | amending motions

I’m happy to announce that my regular co-host is BACK this week! Reena and I are covering: what to do about a dysfunctional strata committee whether disclosing the expiry date of an agency agreement on the front page is sufficient compliance with section 50(6) of the NSW Act how to amend motions during a general […]

212. New strata laws finally commence in Western Australia

This week, I have the pleasure of Mark Atkinson’s company. The director of Atkinson Legal in Western Australia, Mark has been at the forefront of strata law reform in the state – a massive 24-year undertaking. Amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 (WA) commenced on 1 May 2020. Mark summarises the key changes for us and […]

210. Chris Duggan on the strata industry’s COVID response

In this live chat conducted on our Facebook page last Friday afternoon over virtual drinks, SCA (NSW) President, Chris Duggan, shared with me: why strata seems to have been left off the government’s COVID agenda why 6pm strata meetings are a thing of the past how our committees need to get comfortable with shades of […]

209. NSW Property Industry Reforms: How are Strata Managers Impacted?

I’m chatting to Sasha Boe of Real Estate Training Solutions about the property industry reforms that commenced in NSW on 23 March 2020 (yes, you may have been distracted by other things!) These reforms impact the way our strata managers operate – from the title they’re allowed to give themselves, to the training and qualifications […]

208. Finally, an accreditation for fire safety practitioners

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Episode 178. How to find a competent fire safety professional Fire Protection Association of Australia Registry 2020 Fire Protection Sydney Website Rob Broadhead’s LinkedIn Episode 204. **SPECIAL EPISODE** Coronavirus: can we avoid in-person strata meetings? Episode 206. Resilience and leadership during a crisis Episode 207. Apartment living in our […]

207. Apartment living in our changed world: your many questions answered

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Strata Community Association (SCA) Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline for Building Managers Strata Community Association (SCA) Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline for Committees Section 85 – Interest, discounts on contributions and payment plans – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 Regulation 14 – Other means of […]

206. Resilience and leadership during a crisis

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Episode 204. **SPECIAL EPISODE** Coronavirus: can we avoid in-person strata meetings?. Your Strata Property Facebook page Friday Happy Hour with Heidi Dening – Your Isolation Education! Heidi Dening’s Linkedin Department of Health Resilience Bucket Quiz Book mentioned: Her middle name is Courage

205. Building email accounts | records handover | boundary lines

and more. Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Section 176 – Form of records – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) Episode 197. Bathroom renovation gone wrong | committee nominations | another win for pets Owners – Strata Plan No 58068 v/ats Cooper case (21 November 2019) Section 188 – Order to supply information or […]

204. **SPECIAL EPISODE** Coronavirus: can we avoid in-person strata meetings?

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Health Alert Schedule 1 – Clause 28 – Manner of voting – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 Regulation 14 – Other means of voting – Strata Schemes Management Regulation 1996 (NSW) Schedule 2 […]

203. Owners can no longer claim damages in the Tribunal

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! The Owners – Strata Plan No  74835 v Pullicin; The Owners – Strata Plan No 80412 v Vickery [2020] Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 – Section 106 subsection 1 The Owners Strata Plan No 30621 v Shum [2018] Shih v The Owners – Strata Plan No 87879 [2019] The […]

202. Approving air con installations | insurance claims | happy compulsory appointment

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Section 110 –  Minor renovations by owners – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) Section 111 – Work by owners of lots affecting common property – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW)  Episode 186. Dealing with damage caused by lot owner + compulsory appointment success Section 161 (3A) – […]

200. Part 2 – YSP LIVE 2020

Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Episode 199. Part 1 – YSP LIVE 2020 Episode 197. Bathroom renovation gone wrong | committee nominations | another win for pets Global Renovation Works By-law Template  Section 109 – Cosmetic Work – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) Section 110 – Minor Renovations by Owners – Strata Schemes […]

199. Part 1 – YSP LIVE 2020

This week I’m bringing you part 1 of 2 special episodes: I’m taking you inside YSP LIVE 2020, a members-only online event which took place a couple of weeks ago. Reena and I are sharing our week’s challenges when it comes to security cameras and email communications, and answering member questions along the way. Part […]

198. The unlimited liability of strata property owners

There is a little known aspect of strata property ownership that can have BIG consequences should things go wrong. I’m  explaining it this week in my interview with Veronica Morgan and Chris Bates. This interview was originally aired on their property podcast, “The Elephant in the Room” and I bring it to you this week […]

197. Bathroom renovation gone wrong | committee nominations | another win for pets

Reena and I discuss: what happens when a bathroom renovation goes wrong and why it’s important to double check waterproofing certificates… whether co-owners can serve on the committee at the same time how to avoid disputes about general meeting costs the latest ‘pet-friendly’ NCAT case. Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Strata Schemes Management Act […]

196. When is it ok to withhold documents from inspection?

In this week’s solo episode, I’m explaining the concept of “legal professional privilege”. What is it, when does it attach to communications and should “privileged” documents be removed from a building’s books and records? I’m sharing the need-to-know court cases, practical tips to protect you and your clients and how to avoid the traps inexperienced […]

195. Mouldy clothes | CMS changes | approval for solar panels

In our first co-hosted episode of 2020, Reena and I get stuck into these curly questions:  whether an owners corporation should reimburse an owner $5,000 for ‘mouldy clothing’ arising from water ingress why you must move quickly when registering changes to a CMS how to deal with illegal installations on common property, and a controversial […]

194. The art of crisis management – with Daniel Holt

I’m chatting to Daniel Holt – strata lawyer turned strata manager – about how to stay calm in a crisis. And he would know: Daniel was the manager who received the phone call on Christmas Eve 2018, informing him that Opal Tower needed to be evacuated. In this wide-ranging conversation, we also cover: how to […]

193. 5 podcast highlights from 2019

Happy New Year! In this first episode of the year, I’m bringing you the highlights of 2019, with a nod to 5 value-packed episodes from last year. From pets, to insurance commissions to building defects, these are the episodes I hope you didn’t miss. I’m looking forward to sharing another exciting year in strata with […]

192. Smoking nuisance | committee waives interest on levies | defamation

In this final episode for 2019, Reena and I cover: smoking: who can suffering residents blame and what rights do tenants have? whether a committee has the power to waive interest on overdue levies the 3 months’ notice strata managers are required to give, prior to the expiry of their contract, and the NSW Court […]

191. All you need to know about strata remedial works, with MaxBuild

This week, Caroline McConnachie of MAX Build walks us through the essentials of remedial building works projects. This is vital listening for anyone involved in this kind of work – whether manager or resident. We discuss: why remedial projects often have a more significant impact than other types of construction work how owners can take […]

190. Vexatious litigants | stop valves (again!) | BMC gas bill

This week, Reena and I are covering: vexatious litigants: what are they and what can be done about them? the ‘stop valve’ question once more: does Fair Trading agree that the stop valve is lot property? how to resolve a BMC cost-share dispute why simply talking to your neighbours about a problem is the best […]