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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Resident Managers Workplace Health & Safety Responsibilities

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Amongst the many responsibilities that fall to a resident unit manager, one of the most important is ensuring their  scheme is fully up to date with workplace health and safety requirements. Under current nationally harmonised workplace health and safety legislation, everyone who finds themselves in

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The Role of a Facilities Manager

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In the relationship between a body corporate committee and a facility manager, problems can sometimes arise where there is confusion on the roles of the facility manager. A ‘fit and firing’ relationship between these two entities is vital to ensuring a strata scheme can function

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FREE Seminar for all Body Corporate Committees & Resident Unit Managers

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Calling all Body Corporate Committees and Resident Unit Managers! At this free seminar, discover how to: Access building management and compliance experts for FREE Create a complaint building management system Use a building management system to make you money Use great record keeping as the

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Prioritising Budgets for Building Improvements

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In 2015 SSKB surveyed Resident Unit Managers to ask them what their top five challenges were. The answer came back – working with body corporate/owners corporation committees to approve budgets for building improvements. We asked Chris Nezmah, general manager of Star BMS for practical tips

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