Q&A: Who’s responsible for retaining wall?

We provided a response to another LookUpStrata readers question. The reader wanted to know who is responsible for the repair of a retaining wall in the back yard of a strata-titled town house. Generally retaining walls are common property; however, this can vary from building to building. The strata plan will generally depict the boundaries of lot…

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10 Signs your unit was a good investment

The Domain has written a nice article summarising 10 proof points confirming that you purchased a strata unit in a good block: The entrance hallway or foyer should be clean, bright and welcoming. The lifts should be clean and graffiti free. Neighbours greet each other with a smile Social activities are organised in your block,…

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Annual fire inspections, what to watch out for

Building owners will be familiar with the legal requirement to lodge a fire safety statement with the local council and fire brigade every year. The process usually involves a fire services contractor attending the building, inspecting and testing fire safety measures and certifying they are compliant or recommending work to make them compliant, and once…

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Are low strata levies always a good thing?

In a previous article we wrote, titled Strata Fees, Strata Levies, Management Fees. What’s the difference?, we explained that the amount you pay in strata levies are typically dependent on three factors: the location and quality of your building and the facilities offered. Levies can be kept artificially low in a number of ways. For example,…

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