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415. Cash is still legal tender in strata…isn’t it?

Reena Van Aalst joins me to discuss:

– Building Management Committees (BMCs): do owners have the right to access records of the BMC?
– can an owners corporation refuse to accept cash from an owner wanting to pay their strata levies?
– the benefits that a loyal referral partner can bring to

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412. Would you choose strata over a terrace house?

Strata owner and committee member Kareem Tawansi long ago made the choice to live in strata rather than a Sydney terrace house. In this chat, Kareem shares how the communities he is now part of are reaching new heights, including the recent approval of a $2.7m upgrade project.

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408. Get Ready for The High Life Expo

Amy Brand and Julie McLean join me, sharing your access to The High Life Expo, happening online and in-person over the next month.

We discuss how the apartment market is already changing when it comes to the sustainability conversation – with purchasers demanding more, and how suppliers can best harness the many new opportunities available.

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407. The Deadline Driven World of Strata Management

Reena Van Aalst brings us a (long!) list of deadline-driven tasks that a strata manager is legally required to complete on behalf of their clients, and I ask her the question: how do you run a profitable business?
I explain the limitations on spending special levy funds, and invite you to the inaugural

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405. “It’s not a jam stall at a school fete” – taking strata seriously

Bruce Minter, long-term strata committee member, joins me as we discuss the incredible resilience required to lead a strata community. Bruce explains how he helped his community shift its collective mindset and break “the curse of low levies”. He shares lessons learned from the U.S. Founding Fathers, and his unique understanding that strata “is not

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404. How We Can Get Strata Management Right, Right Now

Daniel Holt, strata manager, joins me, calling out the ‘gaslighting’ that he says has been going on in the strata management industry, with the real cost of managing a strata building hidden behind sophisticated third-party payment arrangements extending beyond insurance commissions.

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403. Strata Management’s Future: Reena Weighs In

In a week during which the media continues to wage war against strata managers, Reena Van Aalst joins me to provide her point of view. We discuss:

– models of remuneration for strata managers, and what Reena says needs to change
– the role of Strata Community Association
– the murky arrangements between

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401. From one to many: how Allume has unlocked solar for apartments

Allume Energy’s Australian-made, world-first technology is expanding the benefits of solar power, past a building’s common areas and into the homes of its occupants. Will Antsee of Allume joins me to explain how millions of apartment residents can reduce their energy bills, at a time when savings have never been more important.

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399. Meeting minutes: how detailed should they be?

Effective meetings are at the heart of well-functioning strata communities. Today, I’m taking a closer look at how we record the minutes of meetings, including sharing some insights on the subject drawn from my recent visit to the United States.

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398. Open Books: Unpacking the Privacy Myth in Strata

I’m taking you inside last Friday’s CPD Education Day, for a quick listen to part of my session on the topic of “privacy” in strata.

Just as important for owners as they are for managers, the lessons of this session may surprise you.

Also, get the diary out, because I’m announcing the date for our

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397. Insurers are demanding more from ageing buildings

Reena Van Aalst joins me to discuss:

– why insurers are now asking whether your building has been “re-wired” or “re-plumbed”
– committees that are breaching their spending restrictions
– how our strata law is failing owners when it comes to privacy
– the community leveraging a little-used part of the NSW

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