Living in a strata scheme presents a unique set of circumstance. We asked some of our expert strata managers for tips on how to get the most out of living in a strata scheme.
- Be aware: know the strata rules for your state, and your scheme’s by-laws so you’re fully informed of your rights and your responsibilities.
- Be involved: take an active interest in what goes on in your scheme. Attend owners committee meetings where decisions are made, and make your vote count. Use your proxy if you can’t attend. Ensure that insurance is adequate, and that the sinking fund matches the long term maintenance planned for the next few years.
- Protect your investment: maintain common property. If it’s getting run down, put up a motion at a meeting for specific works to be done.
- Be respectful: seek approval before altering common property. It doesn’t matter that it’s your courtyard, if it’s common property, it’s owned by everyone.
- Be empathetic: understand that your neighbour may be on the other side of your living room or bedroom wall, so be mindful of others.
- Talk first: talk to your neighbours if there’s a problem. They may not realise their actions are causing a nuisance.
- Don’t let it fester: pursue by-law breaches. If talking has not resolved a by-law breach, contact your owners committee or strata manager to issue a Notice to Comply with a by-law. You may also want to apply for mediation.
- Be flexible: there may be times you need to give a little more leeway to accommodate different personalities.