Your Strata Property With Amanda Farmer

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Reena and I cover: public outdoor pools are reopening in NSW. What does this mean for our strata pools? is it legal for residents to take refundable bottles and cans from the bins? the talented chairperson able to calm a very difficult resident
NSW (finally) has a set of public health orders specific to apartment buildings.    But…they’re not quite what we were asking for.   I outline the new and rather onerous obligations on strata managers and others ‘managing’ residential buildings
  Reena and I discuss:   intentionally creating a vacancy on the committee at the AGM. Is this legal? when minor work becomes a major issue the creative resolution of Tribunal proceedings for a dysfunctional owners corporation,   and more.   Li
  When it comes to waterproofing, Ross Taylor is a man who can “see leaks on the drawings”. He’s working closely with the NSW government to ensure our future apartment buildings are a little more watertight than they have been so far. But in to
  On Wednesday this week, it became much easier for residents in NSW strata buildings to keep pets in their homes. In this episode, I unpack the new legislation, including its impact on existing by-laws that restrict the keeping of animals. Lin
  Reena and I cover: how to complete a ballot paper “in writing” during an electronic meeting  the surprising item missing from our strata legislation  the insurer who capitulated second time around a creative solution to a long-standing noise
  This week, Shawn Brown of Strata Staff joins me to explain the benefits of offshoring, particularly for strata managers. We discuss how to avoid a “train wreck” experience and what it takes to build a team that adds significant value for owne
  I’m bringing you an edited version of last Friday’s LIVE chat with Chris Duggan.    We cover the new Professional Standards Scheme for NSW strata managers and their staff, plus the need-to-know on the latest (and no less confusing) iteration
Reena and I cover: the indecisive voter: what happens when an owner votes one way via pre-meeting voting, then changes their mind and wants to vote the other way at the meeting? lessons from Miami and a warning to communities ignoring their rep
A short, but important message from me this week: make sure you understand the effect of the amended NSW Public Health Order, mandating masks on indoor common property in Greater Sydney. It may not mean what you think it does.  Let’s get this r
This week, Reena and I cover: access to CCTV footage: often controversial in our strata schemes, but what about when the footage belongs to a BMC? a refresher on the quorum rule, including when a chair must proceed in the absence of a quorum an
I’m bringing you an edited version of my Facebook LIVE event of Tuesday evening: your need-to-know for NSW strata in lockdown, including: what the current public health order means for residents and managers how to conduct safe and legal meetin
Tom Bacon is my guest this week, sharing his expertise as a practising strata lawyer in Victoria. He shares: why we shouldn’t expect the Southbank townhouse transmission event to be the last we see in our strata communities how the VIC governme
This week: Reena wonders if renovation works by-laws registered without annexed plans are still valid I share a listener challenge around hotly contested committee elections Reena has her “biggest win since we started the podcast” and I help an
Reena discovers an experienced strata management company relying on an out-of-date template agency agreement and I remind committees that co-owner ‘tag teams’ are not on.  Links mentioned: Get the transcript here!  Section 34 – Acting members o
Mediation is something most owners, committee members and managers are likely to experience at some point in their strata journey. In this episode, I share my tips for a successful mediation, including:   how to find out if you need to mediate
In answer to a listener question, Reena shares her best practice tips for owners corporations engaging strata lawyers, including how to ensure expectations are set and met and owners are not overcharged. Plus I share a recent client win in a ‘p
When delivering education sessions face-to-face, “question time” is always my favourite part of the evening. This week, I’m bringing you the recording of the QandA session held at the end of my July 2019 presentation for City of Sydney Council.
QLD strata lawyer Andrew Suttie and I are pondering precisely what it is that makes a strata lawyer join their own strata committee. And what could possibly go wrong when they do… Links mentioned: Get the transcript here!  Prior to venturing in
Reena’s attempts to put together a complete file for her new client are frustrated when she receives only hard copy records from the former managing agent. We discuss the legal requirements for the handover of strata books and records. I issue
Matthew Waugh of Conexie joins me to explain the software that’s allowing strata occupants to monitor their energy usage in real-time, while their owners corporation puts money in the bank (for the not-so-sunny days).  Listen out for your chanc
I’m continuing an important conversation commenced last week about how we communicate: as owners, committee members and strata managers. I share three ways we can improve communication to save time, money and sanity, plus give you access to a p
  This week I’m chatting with PR guru Elizabeth Heusler. Elizabeth shares: how our strata managers can “kill it or win it” in their very first communication with us why saying sorry is a learned skill, not a natural ability how our strata build
  This week, I’m bringing you an edited version of my live chat with Joseph Arena of Arena Energy Consultants. Over on the Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, Joseph demystified embedded networks for us: what are they, do they mean the price y
 This week, Reena and I cover: how to ensure 40+ staff working from a commercial lot do not overrun resident facilities such as the swimming pool the owner who found historical OC approval for their balcony enclosure in 40-year-old local counci
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