Seven (Potentially) Deadly Sins

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It’s the small details that count – and when it comes to safety, those small details matter in big ways. The Star BMS team has noticed that many strata communities experience fall foul of seven simple but very important faults. But the good news is,

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Occupational Health and Safety

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One of the most important duties of RUMS, Caretakers and Property Managers is ensuring the scheme is fully up to date with occupational health and safety requirements. Under current nationally harmonised occupational health and safety legislation, everyone who finds themselves in a workplace has an

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Storm Season Preparation

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This year has seen Australia pummelled by a number of severe storms — and long-range weather forecasters are predicting a summer of wild weather with a number of cyclones expected. Now is the time to plan a storm management plan to keep residents safe and

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Choosing The Right Tradies

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We’ve all heard the stories – the tradespeople who don’t turn up on time (or show up at all), who overcharge for second rate services and don’t do the job as specified – you and your community may have been a victim of it. At

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Deal With Health And Safety Issues Early

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One of the most important duties a Resident Unit Manager (RUM)/Property Manager must fulfil is ensuring their scheme is fully up to date with workplace health and safety requirements. And the most effective way of ensuring this occurs is by dealing with problems early. Under

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RUMS Add Value

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Caretakers, Facilities Managers, Building Managers, Resident Unit Managers – no matter what they are called in which state, they do more than make sure that the pool is clean and the common areas are in good repair. Great unit managers are active in their communities.

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Working With Lot Owners

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In previous articles, SSKB has focused on some of the important tasks and relationships which a Resident Unit Manager must undertake to successfully fulfil their role. There is one relationship which underpins the entire purpose of working as a RUM, and that is the relationship

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Budgeting for Repairs and Maintenance

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Buildings in strata schemes are no different to cars. A building’s value will constantly depreciate and will require money to be spent overhauling them at some stage. To combat this constant depreciation, the building, just like your car, also requires ongoing maintenance and repairs to

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Sinking Funds Explained

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What is a sinking fund? A body corporate’s sinking fund is effectively a deposit which exists to allow a body corporate to pay for repairs and maintenance of a building. The money in a sinking fund can be spent on several different things.  Firstly, it

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Communicating With Committees

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One of the most critical elements of being a Resident Unit Manager is effective communication with committees. We covered this topic briefly in our article ‘Budgeting for Improvements’, but here we take a more in-depth look on how to effectively communicate with your committee. Committee

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