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 177: Owners taxed on OC income | display of fire statement | lot property defects | conversion to strata
This week, Reena and I cover: the tax ruling that requires lot owners to declare income received by their owners corporation on their individual tax returns why every building really should have a notice board how an owners corporation can assist owners with the rectification of lot property defects, and the first court-ordered collective sale […]
This week, Reena shares an unusual challenge: what happens when the developer sets aside your car space for disability parking in order to meet a DA condition? I question the meaning of “financial year” in the strata context, and we both celebrate client wins relevant to successful insurance claims.
This week, I’m joined by Chris Irons: Queensland’s Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management. In a wide-ranging discussion, we cover: the unique nature of his role why his office is partnering with the likes of QLD police to deliver the right messages to residents creative responses to the increased demand for good information legislative […]
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 […]
This week, I’m speaking with Dr Nicole Johnston, the lead researcher on the June 2019 report: An Examination of Building Defects in Multi-Owned Properties. Published the week of the Mascot Towers evacuation, this report has formed the basis of many discussions since about how we might fix this current crisis – which has finally been […]
YSP Podcast Episode 171: Who pays contents insurance excess | adjourned meetings | pre-1974 lot boundaries
“This week, Reena and I are tackling some tricky topics: – whether an owners corporation is responsible for paying the excess on a resident’s contents insurance claim – can motions resolved at a meeting that is later adjourned be actioned? – the interpretation of a strata management statement and – how to determine the lot […]
This week, we have our first New Zealand practitioner on the show: Thomas Gibbons of McCaw Lewis Lawyers. Thomas shares with us the issues currently troubling those living in NZ “unit titles” schemes, and explains why he thinks the NZ courts have been getting a few things wrong lately. Even if you’re not in NZ […]
This week, Reena and I cover: how to explain the “restricted matters” statutory motion to a disbelieving owner when, precisely, the strata committee members vacate their positions at the AGM the by-law template that just didn’t cut it, and the clever owner purchasing the common property rooftop Plus, here’s the link to the free City of Sydney […]
This week, I’m joined by Tim Sara, a licensed senior strata manager at Strata Choice in Sydney. Tim is well known for his clever ‘hacks’ to ensure he gets the most out of every working day, and he’s sharing them with us in this episode. We cover: why you need to ‘set and forget’ the […]
This week, Reena and I cover: best practice for renovation works by-laws what happens to the budget when AGMs are held 18 months apart the notice requirement for agency agreements reaching expiry, and THAT defamation case: when one email costs you $130,000…
This week, Reena and I discuss: – the building where no one has paid levies for 18 months – a lot owner is given the run around with an insurance claim – what it takes to get access to a lot to repair common property – an investor-owner losing rent because of a leaking ceiling.
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.
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 […]
This week, I’m talking to Gavin Beardsell of IMF Bentham, the litigation funder behind the combustible cladding class action. Gavin talks us through the Federal Court proceedings that have been commenced against the manufacturers of combustible cladding and – vitally – explains how strata buildings across Australia can register to ensure they are first in […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
This week, Reena and I cover off: – how NOT to deal with abandoned goods on the common property – is there a right to privacy? – how you get out of a contract that’s just not working – successfully resolving a lot owner’s claim for damages And if you’re not yet registered for The […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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”.
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.
This week, Reena seeks my guidance on a particularly troubled building that wants the Tribunal to sack its current strata manager and appoint a new strata manager with all the powers of the Owners Corporation and committee. We also revisit the popular topic of insurance commissions: should an ‘outgoing’ strata manager retain the commission on […]
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.