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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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Over the past few months SSKB’s sister company, SSKB Developer Consultancy has been taking a look at green roof and roof gardens from a developer perspective. But what happens when the building is handed over and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the building

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Time Management for Busy Building Managers

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The four ‘Ds’ may be just the thing time-pressured building managers need to cope with the demands of managing a building complex With long days and a long list of responsibilities, time management is the first job for busy building managers to master. More specifically,

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Maintenance Schedule System A Boon For RUMs

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Buying the management rights is an exciting business opportunity, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. While keeping the common areas tidy, the lawns mowed and holiday lets tenanted are self-evident duties, there are other responsibilities that a Resident Unit Manager who

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