YSP Podcast Episode 178: How to find a competent fire safety professional

This week, we have our first “fire guy” on the show – Rob Broadhead of 2020 Fire Protection. I ask Rob to demystify the fire protection game for us, including letting us know what kind of qualifications a ‘competent fire safety professional’ is supposed to have (apparently, ‘breathing’ is about as high as the bar […]

YSP Podcast Episode 173: Beware the motion to discuss “general business”

This week, Reena raises an interesting provision in our NSW legislation which apparently means a chairperson need not be financial in order to chair a meeting, but a substitute chairperson must be financial. I provide some important guidance around motions to consider ‘general business’ and we celebrate an unusually amicable parting of ways between a […]

YSP Podcast Episode 164. Improving communication between residents with Stratabox

This week I’m joined by Paul Chevrot, the co-founder of Stratabox: the online platform enabling committee members (in particular) to more effectively manage communications within a scheme. Paul explains how his technology is empowering both owners and residents who want to engage more deeply in their community, and why that’s important.

YSP Podcast Episode 163: Can’t get access to install window locks?

This week, Reena and I cover off: what to do about lots that have not yet installed compliant window safety devices: is it necessary to apply to the Tribunal for an order? is the secretary allowed access to the strata roll, free of charge? when giving a little can get you a lot, plus listen […]

YSP Podcast Episode 161. When is it ok to delay repairs and maintenance?

This week, Reena and I discuss: – how a building in the middle of a defects claim against the original builder should deal with claims from lot owners who are losing rent – whether you can change the ‘financial year’ of a building – what happens when Tribunal applicants get their forms wrong.

YSP Podcast Episode 159. What does strata building insurance cover?

This week, Reena and I enjoy a wide-ranging discussion covering these essential topics: – a lot owner instructs a strata manager to apply their payment to levies only and not to interest or expenses. Does that instruction have to be followed? – what does strata building insurance cover and how do you know you’re covered […]

YSP Podcast Episode 156. How strata managers can meet client expectations

I’m chatting with Reena Van Aalst about: – the personal liability of strata committee members who make decisions over email – when owners can be held responsible for their tenant’s by-law breach – the successful recovery of costs under a by-law – how strata managers can better manage client expectations – especially the unreasonable ones!

YSP Podcast Episode 155. The gamechanger that is Soho App

This week, I’m chatting to Trent Muffett: Head of Property at Soho Property Network. Soho is a social network for real estate. Dubbed the “LinkedIn for Property”, it is building the single largest network of buyers, renters, agents, real estate content and property listings in the world. Trent and I discuss how this exciting new […]

YSP Podcast Episode 152. Practical waste management tips – plus a special opportunity

This week, I’m chatting to Beth Kasumovic – the Sustainable Waste Coordinator at Waverley Council in Sydney’s east. Beth shares her very actionable tips for improving waste management within our strata communities. Listen out for an announcement about a very special event which the Council and I are involved in on 20 March (which could […]

YSP Podcast Episode 151. Is a secret ballot really secret?

This week, Reena shares a challenge about election ballot papers: does the law require owners corporations to disclose ballot papers, even if the owners who completed them thought that their vote would be kept a secret? We also discuss a surprising aspect of the mediation process, and re-cap one of our favourite topics: the role […]

YSP Podcast Episode 149. Why strata committees should be meeting regularly

This week, Reena and I touch on the issue of insurance commissions once more. We also discuss the fact that some buildings never seem to have committee meetings, and why that’s a problem. Finally, if you ever lose an original certificate of title, this episode explains how to get a replacement!

YSP Podcast Episode 148. How one building successfully lifted a pet ban

This week, I’m joined by Tony Scott, who is a committee member in a small Sydney strata scheme. Tony shares the step by step process taken by his building to replace a blanket ban on pets with a more reasonable by-law, permitting pets with the approval of the strata committee. Tony has some excellent, practical tips to win over even the most “pet-unfriendly” owners. Vital listening for anyone questioning the legitimacy of their own building’s pet-ban.

YSP Podcast Episode 147. Making lot owners responsible for common property in small schemes

This week, Reena and I discuss how the owners in a very small scheme (eg: two lots) may live “together but separately”, by taking on personal responsibility for the common property adjacent to their lot. We also explore the types of situations which may give rise to a strata lawyer having a conflict of interest, and I ask Reena whether strata managers can be appointed for a term that is “until the next AGM”.

YSP Podcast Episode 146. How to get the most out of your 2019 in strata, with Ash Roy

After an unexpected hiatus, this week’s podcast episode has been released (and the tech gremlins finally conquered). I’m chatting to productivity expert Ash Roy, who shares his tips to ensure 2019 is your best year yet. From implementing systems to practising mindfulness, there is indeed a way to do less and achieve more. I have personally benefited from Ash’s guidance over the past few years and recommend this episode to busy strata managers and overwhelmed committee members in particular.

YSP Podcast Episode 143 When are records privileged? Plus, a flooring case

This week, Reena identifies a trap for inexperienced players when it comes to company nominees, including corporate lot owners appointing proxy holders. We answer a listener question: ‘how do I identify privileged documents in strata books and records?’ Reena shares a win in relation to a common property rights by-law and I cover off an important case impacting the installation of hard flooring. A jam packed episode for the end of the year.