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    1. Do The Balustrades On Your Strata Balcony Need Fixing?

      Do The Balustrades On Your Strata Balcony Need Fixing?

      Thought we would share this piece from Strata Care. It's by Rosie O'Hare called Balconies and Balustrades Strict Code of Practice.

      She gives us some interesting points. Here's a small but important point of her write-up: 

      The secret is to get an accredited and experienced glazing expert to inspect your balconies and balustrades thoroughly. Someone who’ll then issue a comprehensive report that spells out in detail exactly what needs to be done to ensure your balconies are safe, sound and compliant.

      For more of Rosie O'Hare's insights, go over the rest of the article.

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      Mentions: Locals
    2. A Strata Commissioner Is In Order According to the Labour Party

      A Strata Commissioner Is In Order According to the Labour Party

      We happened upon this news article and immediately thought that we should share it. It's called Labor to introduce strata commissioner if it is elected on Domain.

      It has some intriguing items to report. This one, in particular, caught our attention: 

      Currently, strata is overseen by Fair Trading which also looks after consumer issues such as broken or dangerous toys and appliances, and complaints against motor mechanics, paintball centres and tattoo parlours.

      But a series of strata scandals, including the cracking at Opal Tower and dangerously flammable cladding on buildings, has convinced the opposition a strata commissioner is necessary ...

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    3. Body Corporate Spending

      Body Corporate Spending

      Have you read this compelling article by Frank Higginson on Look Up Strata?

      It's filled with interesting insights. Here's one that's really fascinating:

      It would be very difficult to sheet those costs home to the individual committee members and it is probably going to be something that the body corporate bears the costs of. That being said, any decisions should be authorised by the body corporate so what should happen is that all the decisions and spending is sought to be confirmed at a general meeting.

      Any concerned owners should seek to be put on the committee ...

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    4. Should You Get A Renter's Content Insurance For Your Strata Home?

      Should You Get A Renter's Content Insurance For Your Strata Home?

      We discovered this article and thought that we would share it with you. It's from ANZ Banking Group titled Renters' contents insurance.

      It's filled with relevant information on your strata home. Here's one of them:

      When you’re renting a property, you’re just as susceptible as a homeowner to potential threats such as theft, fire, water or electrical damage. Your landlord’s insurance will not cover your personal belongings. It is your responsibility to ensure that your personal belongings are adequately insured.

      The full text should give more context so do finish reading it.

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    5. High-Rise Disasters are Bound to Happen Again

      High-Rise Disasters are Bound to Happen Again

      This is an interesting opinion piece from the Sydney Morning Herald. It is titled Only a matter of time until high-rise disaster strikes again in Sydney.

      In it, Elizabeth Farrelly shares her views on the high-rise construction industry. She focuses on regulation. She shares this observation:

      A perfect storm results from not a single mistake but a concatenation of errors and shoddities. In Grenfell the cladding was terrifyingly combustible but also, we now know, individual fire doors lasted only half of the required 30 minutes. Five manufacturers have been forced to withdraw products from market.

      For more of Elizabeth Farrelly ...

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    6. Elevators On Residential Buildings Across Australia Are Starting To Breakdown

      Elevators On Residential Buildings Across Australia Are Starting To Breakdown

      Have you read this article from Kate Burke and Melissa Heagny? It is called The apartment feature dubbed 'a sleeping liability people tend to ignore'.

      We thought that it is important to share especially because of this point:

      With high-rise apartment living on the rise and an increasing number of older elevators reaching their use-by date, experts say the numbers are not surprising and are likely to keep climbing.

      Do read the entirety of the text if you want more information.

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      Mentions: furniture
    7. What to Look Out For When Looking For a Rental Home Property

      What to Look Out For When Looking For a Rental Home Property

      We found this article titled How to avoid wasting money on a rental that’s not right for you. We thought that we should share it with you.

      He gives some useful insights that would help rental property investors a great deal. He shares great tips such as this one:

      It’s worth thinking about which features you do and don’t need, especially when it comes to deciding between a house or apartment, or a new or old home.

      Get more great tips from David Ross full text at the link below.

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    8. WA State Gov Urged to Earmark Special Cladding Assistance For This Year's Budget

      WA State Gov Urged to Earmark Special Cladding Assistance For This Year's Budget

      Have you heard about the plea to WA State Government to earmark funds for special cladding assistance? This article by the Look Up Strata Team writes all about it in this interesting article.

      The team gives us important information such as this one: 

      Strata industry leaders say the cladding fire at Melbourne’s Neo200 building recently, which saw 150 owners evacuated, shows the importance of cladding affected buildings in Western Australia being made safe as soon as possible.

      For more data and opinions, see the full article.

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    9. Strata Residents Are Vulnerable Because of This Loophole

      Strata Residents Are Vulnerable Because of This Loophole

      We stumbled upon this reportage by Sue Williams and thought that it would be interesting to share it with you. It is titled Strata loophole leaves owners vulnerable even when NCAT is supposed to be on their side.

      In it, she reveals valuable information such as this one:

      Ms Newland’s dilemma has also exposed a significant loophole in NSW strata legislation. NCAT can order a strata committee to do something but if it doesn’t, then NCAT can fine the owners corporation – of which Ms Newland is a member.

      Reading the full article would give you a more complete ...

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      Mentions: furniture
    10. Sub-$200 Home Improvement Purchases With Huge Benefits To The Quality of Life In Your Strata Apartment

      Sub-$200 Home Improvement Purchases With Huge Benefits To The Quality of Life In Your Strata Apartment

      This article by Zara McDonald for Domain Media, shares with us some sub-$200 home improvement purchases that can have a huge effect on your quality of life.

      "According to a bunch of people who congregated on Reddit to share the best investment they made for the home under $200, you take your money to somewhere that promises to help you sleep," she writes. It's an interesting list that includes weighted blankets and light alarms.

      Read more of this fascinating article at the link below.

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    11. How and APVO can Help You Eradicate Violence in the Strata Property

      How and APVO can Help You Eradicate Violence in the Strata Property

      What can we do, as strata apartment owners, if there is a visitor who often exhibits violent behaviour in the premises? This is what this article from Look Up Strata aims to help us with this interesting post.

      "These can be taken out against neighbours, as in your case. You would still need to report the incident to the police who might decide to apply for the APVO on your behalf. Should they not be inclined to do so, you may contact your local court and make a private/personal application. In the case of the latter option, you should ...

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    12. All You Need to Know About Getting that New National Broadband Network For Your Strata Apartment

      All You Need to Know About Getting that New National Broadband Network For Your Strata Apartment

      Getting that ultrafast wifi has become a necessity for most of civilized society. So we think that you'd probably want to get a hook up on that sweet national broadband network. This article helps you prepare everything you need in order to make that process as smooth as possible.

      "When you complete the online form note any fire alarms, lift emergency phones, the number of tenants and any important information particular to your building," reads this Netstrata article. It also lists other important things to remember when applying.

      We at Vertical Living Magazine can certainly recommend this extremely useful ...

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    13. How To Deal With A Bully Strata Resident

      How To Deal With A Bully Strata Resident

      Building managers for strata apartments have tough jobs. The toughest of them all is dealing with bully residents and owners who think that they have the right to be rude.

      "No one is entitled to ‘demand’ a response in a time frame. Asking nicely for one is far different and usually leads to a far more positive outcome," writes Frank Higginson in this Look Up Strata article. It's a common etiquette that some people often forget.

      He also shares the next steps when a clash like this between the body corporate and the building management happens. It's a ...

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    14. Not So Fast On That Air Conditioner Purchase

      Not So Fast On That Air Conditioner Purchase

      So summer has been tough. With stubborn global governments refusing to adhere to environmental codes, summers that have yet to come looks like they're going to get even hotter still. It may be a good idea to invest in a powerful airconditioner because of this.

      However, if you live in a strata apartment, it may not be as straightforward as you think. While installing an air conditioner doesn't really qualify as a major reno job, therefore, you don't really need to seek approval from the body corporate, most models these days require outdoor space for the condenser ...

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    15. The Property Market Is On A Free Fall

      The Property Market Is On A Free Fall

      Properties including strata apartments were selling like hotcakes in 2017 but the market has suffered a bit of sluggishness recently. In fact, some homebuyers are finding it quite difficult to pay at settlement time due to the freefalling prices of real estate properties. We get the full detail in this Sydney Morning Herald news article by Simon Johanson & Carolyn Cummins.

      "In a gloomy outlook for the country’s largest real estate developers, UBS says Mirvac, Lendlease and Stockland face a higher risk of settlements falling over because of their exposure to projects sold to buyers at the 2017 peak of ...

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    16. What To Do If You Have A Noisy Neighbour

      What To Do If You Have A Noisy Neighbour

      Living in a strata apartment leaves you open to the probability of having to live with a noisy neighbour. Luckily this article from strata living advice blog site Smarter Communities is here to help. It gives us some tips on how to cope with a noisy neighbour.

      Generally, the article suggests that you just try to be a good neighbour by politely communicating your grievances directly to them. However, if that doesn't work, it doesn't stop you from doing what's necessary. "There are strata laws in place to protect you. In extreme cases, the police can help ...

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      Mentions: Lifestyle
    17. Do You Need Approval For Your Home Improvement?

      Do You Need Approval For Your Home Improvement?

      Sometimes the strata unit that you bought isn't exactly what you had in your mind. However, you're not one to give up chasing after that dream. You've decided that you're going to make some changes. The only problem is, you don't know if you still have to get your project approved by the body corporate.

      In this article, Smart Strata educates us on what to do if a unit owner must apply for authorization for home improvements to the body corporate. "If there isn’t a by-law in place or the improvement requested is either ...

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    18. What You Need To Know Before Buying Your Strata Unit

      What You Need To Know Before Buying Your Strata Unit

      Planning to buy a strata unit? This article from Look Up Strata has got you covered as it lists 3 things that we must do when inspecting our prospective new unit.

      It covers all the basics and a little bit more on topics such as looking out for structural integrity, scheme, and by-laws. These will help you ensure that the strata unit of your dreams doesn't have any skeletons in its closets.

      It's a helpful article that we at Vertical Living Magazine are sure that you'll appreciate. So if you're looking to buy a strata unit ...

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    19. How To Get Those Pesky Illegal Parkers Out

      How To Get Those Pesky Illegal Parkers Out

      Having a car illegally parked on the strata apartment property can be a nuisance. However, these things do happen and it's the body corporate's job to get rid of them. In this article, Chris Irons writes about three different cases where bodies corporate made the decision to tow an illegally parked car and the reasoning behind each of their decisions.

      With these precedents, we at Vertical Living are a little bit more informed about what to do in these difficult situations. So if you have an illegally parked car in your neighbourhood, just click on the link below ...

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    20. When Should You Consider Repainting Your Strata Home?

      When Should You Consider Repainting Your Strata Home?

      Letting the current paint job on your apartment complex last as long as you can seem like the logical way to do things if you're trying to save on money. However, there are certain circumstances where it may be a lot cheaper to have your strata apartments painted sooner rather than later.

      It's a complicated balance between a lot of factors. The unforeseeable rate of decay that the elements have on your property, for example, plays a major part in the final cost of the paint job. Paint's protective qualities, if dimished greatly by age, can make ...

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    21. Shoddy Workmanship From Cowboy Installers Make Your Solar Panels A Fire Hazard

      Shoddy Workmanship From Cowboy Installers Make Your Solar Panels A Fire Hazard

      Going solar is one of the hottest trends in housing right now. If you're thinking about getting one for your own strata homes, make sure that you engage in legitimate solar experts.

      Look Up Strata has recently pointed our attention to cowboy solar panel installers whose shoddy work is a fire hazard. "Strata leaders have urged WA apartment owners to show caution and do their homework before rushing into the solar market after reports emerged recently regarding the safety of solar panels and performance of solar installers," reads this article.

      Vertical Living supports responsible home improvement practices. So if ...

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    22. Looking For Affordable Interior Designer For Your Strata Apartment?

      Looking For Affordable Interior Designer For Your Strata Apartment?

      Interior designers sometimes charge an arm and a leg. For strata apartment, it may be a luxury that not a lot of homeowners can afford. In this article however, Chris Carroll shares with us that not all interior designers charge that much.

      He prides himself in being an affordable interior designer. "What I mean by skimp-meets-splurge is that I like to include a blend of price points when decorating homes," he writes. He also shows us a couple of his projects on this piece so you know what he's capable of.

      If you've been kind of on the ...

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    23. Are You Thinking About How Deferred Payment Strata Painting Contracts Is A Good Idea? Think Again.

      Are You Thinking About How Deferred Payment Strata Painting Contracts Is A Good Idea? Think Again.

      Getting a deferred payment painting contract is a great way to make payment terms easier on bodies corporate. However, there can be downsides if it's not studied properly. "The big attraction is the payment scheme. Instead of one lump payment or a series of progress payments leading up to the completion of the work, payments are broken down into smaller portions and spread evenly over a number of years during which follow-up maintenance work is carried out," this article from Look Up Strata reads.

      While it can look like you're getting huge bargain in the beginning when the ...

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    24. Checklist Before You Rent Your Strata Apartment Out

      Checklist Before You Rent Your Strata Apartment Out

      If you're after rental income from your strata apartment, there are things that you must ensure before letting the new tenants move in. This article functions as a checklist of sorts for all of those things.

      "You don’t necessarily need to spend a great deal of money to prepare an apartment to rent but whatever you spend will pay dividends in the long run as well as helping with the maintenance and upkeep of your investment," the piece reads. These easy to do tips can help you keep the rent and property value up.

      It's a must-read ...

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