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    Dispute resolution in strata

    As Sydney’s Strata Landscape Booms, Effective Dispute Resolution Takes Centre Stage. Sydney’s strata living scene is surging, with a significant portion of the population residing within strata communities —a number projected to escalate even further by 2040. As more people from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of strata familiarity come to live in close proximity, […]

  • Balancing balcony decor and building aesthetics.

    Balancing building aesthetics
    with personal freedom

    Personalising strata balconies in line with by-laws. Observing the transformation of the apartment building we once called home from aging aesthetics to modern greys and creams was a source of pride. The painting project we undertook as a committee rejuvenated the building’s appearance and instigated a renewed sense of pride among the residents regarding their […]

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    NABERS for Apartments

    In 2016, a significant study was conducted to shed light on the energy and water usage in the common areas of apartment buildings across Australia. This initiative aimed to understand the resource consumption patterns in these shared spaces and revealed insightful data about the operational efficiencies of residential complexes. Key learnings from the study The […]

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    Fire Safety Reforms Webinar

    Join us for a crucial webinar focusing on the upcoming changes to fire safety regulations, set to begin in February 2025. These changes include the new requirements for the mandatory routine servicing of essential fire safety measures and the introduction of ‘accredited persons’ to certify these measures. Starting from 13 February 2025, owners corporations must […]

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    Remedial Works, the DBP Act
    and Planning Approvals

    Planning approvals & the DBP Act for strata remedial works In a recent interview with Helen Kowal, Partner at Swaab, we discussed the implications of the recent legislative and regulatory reforms in the construction industry of New South Wales. These reforms, while widely acknowledged as necessary for enhancing the quality of construction work in both […]

  • leaks-in-strata who's responsibility ?

    Unraveling the Responsibility for Upstairs Water Leaks

    It is not always clear whether water ingress results from defective common property, or whether it is originating from another lot, usually being the lot directly above. Generally, where water ingress is being caused by another lot owner, it is due to renovation works being carried out in that other lot. For a lot owner […]

  • Options to fund major renovations

    Show me the money – funding major remedial work and renovations

    Time marches on in strata, as in life. Our strata buildings are ageing and increasingly in need of some serious attention to maintain the quality of life for residents. As the 2022 UNSW strata insights report pointed out,  the number of schemes in NSW more than 20 years old has exceeded the 50,000 mark. Every […]

  • sustainable-apartments

    How Sustainability Can Boost Property Value & Reduce Outgoings

    We recently held a two-part webinar series that explores the significant impact operational enhancements, green upgrades, and building improvements can have on strata levies, capital value, and higher rental yields. Our panel, including Andrew Buchel, NABERS, Ethan Burns of Sustainability Now, Brent Clark from Wattblock, Chris Munro from the City of Sydney, Marie Xanthos of […]


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