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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

017. How To Deal With Noise in Strata Buildings

Stephen Raff of Ace Body Corporate shares his ideas on how strata residents might deal with noise problems. Links Mentioned    Get the transcript here! http://www.acebodycorp.com.au/orderbooks/ Books Mentioned Strata Living Stories: An Insider’s Guide To The Weirdest, Wackiest and Downright Hilarious Things Residents Do! By Stephen Raff Ace Body Corporate Handbook Our Journey – Achieving […]

014. How To Improve And Model Behaviour In Strata Communities

How To Improve And Model Behaviour In Strata Communities Links mentioned Get the transcript here! http://blockstrata.com.au/ http://michaelteys.com/ Level Headed – Block Strata Books Mentioned Growing Up – How Strata Title Bodies Might Learn to Behave Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Good to […]

Short term letting in strata

Last week, I was invited by strata management company Dynamic Property Services to sit on a panel, together with other strata ‘experts’, and answer a range of questions asked by strata owners. One of those questions was: what to do about short term letting in strata? Below I share with you my personal notes made […]

011. How To Establish A Sense Of Community In Strata Schemes With Rachel Cosentino

How To Establish A Sense Of Community In Strata Schemes Links mentioned Get the transcript here! https://www.slatergordon.com.au/our-people/rachel-cosentino Book Mentioned Optimism: Reflections on a life of Action Key Points/Timestamps 00:23 – Introduction and Overview 01:15 ­- Why it is important for people living in Strata and Community Schemes to feel the sense of community 02:26 -­ […]

008. The Truth About By-Laws In Your Strata Property (And How To Ensure You’re Not In Breach)

 How To Ensure You’re Not In Breach Of Your By-Laws Resources / Links Mentioned Get the transcript here! https://yourstrataproperty.com.au http://lawyerschambers.com.au/ Books Mentioned Screw It, Let’s Do It –  Richard Branson Key Points / Timestamps 00:24 – Intro and Overview 01:06 – Amanda Farmer invites the listeners to grab a copy of the Strata Essentials e-book […]

Article: the difficulty of repealing an exclusive use by-law

In order for an owners corporation to repeal an exclusive use by-law that confers on the owner of a lot, or the owners of several lots, certain rights or privileges to use a part of the common property, section 52 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (“SSMA”) requires the written consent of the owner(s) of the lot(s) concerned. In general, this means the written consent of the owners receiving the benefit of the common property in question.