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How to convince your apartment strata to go solar

With the federal government dragging its feet on legislating to reduce carbon emissions, many Australians are decreasing their individual carbon footprints, changing their lifestyles and even their homes to become more sustainable. Installing solar panels, solar hot water systems and rain tanks is relatively straightforward on detached houses, but the increasing number of apartment dwellers […]

Why your strata manager doesn’t want to share everyone’s email address

How do you feel about the idea of everyone else in your apartment block having your email address? Not keen? Okay, how would you feel if you urgently needed to get in touch with other owners about a problem in your block, but you were prevented from contacting them directly? Invest or live in apartments […]

COVID restrictions result in strata repairs ‘backlog’

CHU-owned Flex Insurance says there is a backlog of claims repairs waiting to be completed at strata properties after more than a year of pandemic lockdowns, echoing similar observations about COVID curbs hindering insurers’ ability to progress building works. GM Frank Scamarcia says strata service providers such as repairers, restorers and safety inspectors have had […]

Chris Duggan Welcomed as New SCA (National) President

Strata Community Association (SCA National) is excited to announce Chris Duggan as its next President along with Joshua Baldwin as Vice-President. Mr Duggan has recently served as the President of SCA (NSW) since 2015, having sat as a director since 2009, and is the Group Managing Director of the Bright & Duggan Property Group. He […]

Four in 10 new apartment buildings have major defects: NSW Building Commissioner

Almost four in 10 new apartment buildings in NSW have serious defects, costing an average $331,829 per building to fix, a new survey has found, although resolutions are rare. Waterproofing (23 per cent) was the most common major defect followed by fire safety (14 per cent), while almost one in 10 buildings had structural and […]

Meet the man on a mission to restore buyers’ trust in off-the-plan homes

A recent survey conducted with strata manager association Strata Community Association NSW discovered that 36 per cent of new buildings in the state had some structural defects but that only 19 per cent of those were reported to the Office of Fair Trading. The remaining 81 per cent were hiding them, falsely protecting their property […]

NSW off-the-plan apartment buyers soon able to claim on insurance defects arising within first 10 years

Buyers of off-the-plan high-rise apartments in NSW might soon be able to claim on insurance for any defects arising within the first 10 years in a massive game-changer for the apartments sector. Unlike for all other new homes, there’s been no home warranty insurance available for apartment developments over three storeys in height anywhere in […]

‘Eye opener’: taxes take up more than a quarter of strata premiums

Peak body Strata Community Association (SCA) has again pressed for the removal of taxes on insurance products as a report it commissioned reveals more than a quarter of strata premiums went to government levies such as stamp duties.

New laws by NSW Government to end blanket ban on animals in apartment blocks

While the current lockdown has highlighted the importance of pets in providing companionship within families, fresh laws by the NSW Government will herald a new era for strata living.

Government, building managers prepared for high-rise COVID risk

The Strata Community Association ACT has just issued a guide to buildings managers on preventing an outbreak and what to do if there is one. SCA ACT president Shelley Mulherin said their member’s-only Best Practice Guideline to COVID-19 & Apartment Living was a practical guide to ensuring the building kept running, and staff and residents […]

Fears apartment theft is on the rise in Melbourne as workers return to the office

As millions of Melbournians returned to their offices, some properties experienced a spike in theft. SCA (Vic) President Gregor Evans spoke to Nine News in June about the role that residents, owners and strata management play in keeping strata communities safe.

Concerns raised in Senate Estimates over the safety of products used in Australian buildings

Federal Senate estimates have recently heard concerns outlined by industry groups over the safety standards applied to products used in the construction and maintenance of Australian buildings.

Why Apartments could be the New Quarter Acre Block

For more and more Western Australians, the Great Australian Dream of home ownership is being realised through owning an apartment. SCA (WA) President Catherine Lezer explained how this dynamic change has taken place.

What does an owners corporation (body corporate) do and how much do they cost?

One in five Australians live in a strata-titled property today. SCA (NSW) President Chris Duggan and SCA (Vic) President Gregor Evans spoke about how owners corporations work, their purpose, benefits to owners and residents, and costs to engage.

Federal government announces reinsurance pool to cover cyclone damage in northern Australia

The Morrison Government announced the establishment of a $10 billion Reinsurance Pool and $40 million Strata Title Resilience Pilot Program. SCA has long advocated for the establishment of a reinsurance pool and is actively engaged with the Federal Treasury working on the design and delivery of each program.

Spotlight on strata laws as apartment demand surges

Revised strata laws implemented in Queensland in March 2021 have increased the profile and attention by homebuyers to this sector of the property market.

Federal Government Budget Support for Apartments

Following tireless advocacy from SCA, the Morrison Government announced in April its intention to extend the eligibility criteria for the successful HomeBuilder stimulus package in the 2021-22 Budget.

Strata office investments hitting new highs

Investments into office spaces within strata-titled buildings in the major capital cities has increased recently, indicating increased confidence that the market will bounce back from 2020’s lows.