Happy Hour with Natalie Fitzgerald!

Are strata managers protecting developers? Natalie Fitzgerald is our special guest for Happy Hour today.She blows the whistle on the relationship some strata managers have to developers and why sometimes it is NOT in the strata manager’s interest to champion owner claims for building defects rectification. So, if owners can’t rely on the strata manager, […]

Happy Hour with Thomas Gibbons!

The trans-Tasman travel bubble is some way off, but we still managed to spend Happy Hour with Thomas Gibbons, one of our favourite NZ “unit titles” practitioners. We compare NZ’s level 4 lockdown to Melbourne’s and receive an update on important legislative reform happening across the ditch.

Happy Hour with Helen Kowal!

Expert building defects lawyer Helen Kowal updated us on the need-to-know of the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020. Does your building now have a claim for original building defects that it did not have before?

Happy Hour with Rob Broadhead

Rob shared precisely where you can go to check that you are using an accredited fire safety professional to certify the fire safety measures in your building. We also talked fire door gaps, fire dampers, acronyms and wine.

Happy Hour with Megan Chatterton – City of Sydney Council

Happy Hour with Megan Chatterton – City of Sydney Council! Megan shares the simple steps your building can start taking TODAY to save money on utilities and move towards a more sustainable future. Amanda provides an update on new strata legislation currently before NSW parliament, which will make the installation of sustainability infrastructure easier and […]

Happy Hour with Daniel Borin!

Our strata-tech evangelist, Daniel shares his tips for effective working from home connection in the time of social distancing how he’s still getting his boxing workout in and more. I also summarise the new regulations that have commenced in NSW, for smoother strata operations in the time of COVID .

Happy Hour with Amanda Farmer and Dr Nicole Johnston!

The always gracious Dr J shared her views on how well (or not) we’re tackling the nation’s building defects crisis; what’s next on her research agenda – including VIRTUAL “Strata Concepts” sessions, and why she went searching in vain for the research of “Dr Nicholas Johnston”. I also summarised the impact of this week’s NCAT […]

Happy Hour with Amanda Farmer and Reena Van Aalst!

We covered: the easing of COVID restrictions in NSW new strata law for NSW, permitting the making of regulations that will enable electronic meetings etc waiving interest on levies poll voting special resolutions the enviable social lives of “child-free” couples AND MORE!

Friday Happy Hour with Amanda Farmer and Jimmy Thomson!

And what a rollicking Happy Hour it was. In addition to discussing the current Japanese gin drought in Australia, we covered: pets in strata, the new NSW Fair Trading COVID guidance for strata schemes, cladding and fire safety generally…and all without mentioning short-term letting! Ok, maybe just once.

Happy Hour with Allison Benson

Two strata lawyers for the price of one! In this week’s Happy Hour, Allison and I covered: the loosening of restrictions around the country what’s happening on the COVID-legislative front in NSW, including specific relief for our strata schemes ongoing repair and maintenance of the common property electronic strata committee elections- the COVID APP and […]

Happy Hour with Veronica Morgan

It’s Happy Hour! My special guest this week is Veronica Morgan. We cover: the future of the property market, particularly when it comes to apartments; why strata records inspections and so important and what you should be looking for; some new legislation impacting NSW strata buildings; and much more, including your LIMITED TIME ONLY opportunity […]

Happy Hour with Chris Duggan

It’s Happy Hour!! My special guest this week is SCA (NSW) President Chris Duggan. Chris shares the inside scoop on what our strata buildings can expect from NSW government + together we answer the week’s COVID questions

Friday Happy Hour with Amanda Farmer & Natalie Fitzgerald

It’s Happy Hour! This week we’re talking about SHORT TERM LETTING : which new law started in NSW today? And as always, we’re covering the latest strata-COVID questions: should contracted works cease? Can we still pursue levy arrears? Should we be dobbing in visitors? All this and more.

Happy Hour with Amanda Farmer and Chris Irons

Happy Hour has rolled around again! This week, I’m chatting with Chris Irons of Hynes Legal about closing pools and gyms, restricting deliveries and acting REASONABLY!! Happy weekend everyone.

The week that was – it’s the Happy Hour Wrap Up

Join me and Reena for Friday Happy Hour: we answer the week’s (long!) list of questions about COVID-19 in strata and manage to have a few laughs along the way. Links mentioned: Strata Community Association (SCA) Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline for Building Managers Strata Community Association (SCA) Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best […]

Friday Happy Hour with Heidi Dening – Your Isolation Education!

It’s Happy Hour! Heidi Dening shares her tips for building resilience and confidently stepping into a leadership role during these extraordinary times. Amanda covers off the current state of the law in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA when it comes to strata meetings in person. Can we meet online instead?

Naughty boys running amok in your apartment building?

A reminder of the power of model by-law no. 6! As I say in this vid, use this one for the ‘naughty boys’. Girls too of course, should you have any 😉 For new schemes, or schemes that have adopted the new schedule 3 model by-laws from the 2016 Regulation, it’s model by-law no. 7…

Why I recommend by-laws dealing with renovation works

Our strata legislation in NSW is a little complex when it comes to different types of renovation works and the different approval thresholds for each. I recommend each building adopts a by-law which clearly sets out which type of work requires which level of approval (if any). This way, owners are not left wondering and […]