078. How to Manage Complex Schemes – With Chris Duggan (replay)

Having taken a week off to speak at the Griffith University Strata Title Conference, this week I’m taking you back to one of our most popular episodes: my interview with SCA (NSW) President Chris Duggan, on how to manage complex schemes. I’ll be bringing you an all new episode next week. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! http://bright-duggan.com.au/ Books […]

060. In Conversation – New Rules for Engaging Lawyers and Banning Smoking Building-Wide

This week, Reena and I cover off the new requirements when it comes to strata buildings engaging lawyers, including whether or not cost agreements need to be circulated. Also, can a building ban smoking both on the common areas AND within lots? Links Mentioned: Get the transcript here! www.yourstrataproperty.com.au amanda@yourstrataproperty.com.au Books Mentioned: Gary Bugden: Strata […]

057. Crime In Surfers Paradise Communities – With Dr Sacha Reid

This week, I am privileged to speak with Dr Sacha Reid of Griffith University, about the results of her research into criminal activity in Surfers Paradise’s many vertical communities. Links Mentioned: Get the transcript here! Crime in High-Rise Buildings: Planning for Vertical Community Safety Griffith University Strata Title Conference Books Mentioned: The Subtle Art of […]

055. Veronica Morgan On Why Strata Purchasers Should Work With A Buyer’s Agent

You probably know her from Foxtel’s Location Location Location series: this week, I am privileged to be in the company of Veronica Morgan, who explains to us the important role of buyers agents, especially when it comes to buying into strata. Links Mentioned: Get the transcript here! www.gooddeeds.com.au Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) […]

054. In Conversation with Reena Van Aalst – Is An Unsigned Agency Agreement Valid?

This week, I am ‘in conversation’ with Reena Van Aalst, solving the problem of an unsigned agency agreement and querying whether a lot owner or the owners corporation should pay for a by-law consolidation [references to NSW law]. Links Mentioned: Get the transcript here! Fair Trading Strata Living Handbook  www.yourstrataproperty.com.au Email: amanda@yourstrataproperty.com.au Books Mentioned: On […]

044. How To Deal With Boundary Fences In Strata (references to NSW law)

This week, lawyer Savina Yang and I discuss how strata buildings might go about solving a boundary fence dispute with their adjoining neighbour Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! Episode 008. The Truth About By-Laws In Your Strata Property (And How To Ensure You’re Not In Breach) Episode 016. How To Increase Your Lot’s Value […]

043. Strata Managers vs Real Estate Agents – with Tim McKibbin of REI (NSW)

This week I interview Tim McKibbin, the CEO of the Real Estate Institute of NSW, on the difference between strata managers and real estate agents and how they each might learn to work together effectively. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales Books Mentioned Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 […]

042. Highlights from 2016 — A Year In Review

Happy New Year! In this first episode for 2017, I give you the highlights and key takeaways from past podcast episodes – a great way to hit the ground running in the strata-sphere this year. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! 002. Reena Van Aalst on Working With Your Strata Manager and Getting the Most […]

Lot owner successfully avoids bankruptcy notice by alleging OC negligence

A lot owner has convinced the Federal Court of Australia to ignore a bankruptcy notice – issued by an owners corporation in an attempt to recover unpaid strata levies and associated costs – by establishing her own counter claim against the owners corporation. In this case, the owners corporation served the lot owner – Ms Blair – […]

Owners corporations engaging lawyers under the new NSW law

Until 30 November 2016, owners corporations in NSW could not engage a lawyer or commence any legal action unless the engagement and the legal action was approved at a general meeting of the owners. There was an exception to that requirement if the lawyer’s costs were quoted at less than $12,500 or $1,000 per lot […]

039. Why All Strata Buildings Should be Smoke-Free (references to NSW legislation, general discussion relevant to all jurisdictions)

This week I am joined by Scott Walsberger of the Cancer Council NSW, who explains why everyone – even smokers – should want their strata building to be completely free of cigarette smoke. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! www.cancercouncil.com.au/smokefree Smoke Free Apartments: Cancer Council Toolkit Schedule 3, Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 Section 153, […]

038. Why it is Vital for Strata Owners to Add Value to their Building – with Gordon Streight (relevant to all jurisdictions)

One of NSW’s most experienced strata committee members, Gordon Streight, shares his secrets for “adding value” to your strata building. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! http://strata-worx.com.au/ http://greenstrata.com.au/ http://www.wattblock.com.au/ Books Mentioned Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal […]

033. Things That Can Go Horribly Wrong When Buying Into A New Strata Plan And How To Avoid Them – with Sean McNamara

A member of the YSP online community, Sean McNamara shares his tips on how buildings can proactively deal with dodgy developers, quickly and cost-effectively. Look out for the bonus download. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/membership https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/newbuilding Books Mentioned The Selfish Gene (Popular Science) by Richard Dawkins NSW Strata & Community Schemes Management & […]

032. Introducing The Your Strata Property Online Membership Community

This week, I am very excited to announce the launch of the Your Strata Property online membership community. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/membership https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/by-law-templates/ https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/ebooks/

031. Renovating Your Strata Home – with Interior Design Expert Jen Bishop

This week I am joined by interior design expert, Jen Bishop, who shares her expert tips on designing your dream strata apartment. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! http://theinteriorsaddict.com/ http://renoaddict.com/ Books Mentioned Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy The Tailored Interior

030. How Private Are Owners’ Personal Details When it Comes to Strata Books and Records?

  This week, I bust 3 myths surrounding the use of lot owners’ personal information contained within an owners corporation’s books and records. Just how private are your personal details? [reference to NSW law]. Links mentioned: Get the transcript here! Section 108 – Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) Section 182 – Requests for inspection […]

029. The immense power held by strata owners – with Cathy Sherry

I am privileged to be joined by Cathy Sherry of the University of New South Wales, as she explains how strata owners have been given almost unlimited power to legislate for their neighbours through by-laws. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! Register for the OCN event with Amanda Owners Corporation SP 501391P v Balcombe [2016] […]

027. Why the ABMA Building Management Code is the Key to Maintaining Your Strata Property – with Lynda Kypriadakis

I speak with Lynda Kypriadakis about the ABMA Building Management Code: why it will revolutionise the sector and why you should get a copy now. Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! https://www.abma.com.au/ https://www.abma.com.au/BMCA01-form.php https://au.linkedin.com/in/lyndakypriadakis Books Mentioned Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations Paperback by Georgina Howell