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Strata communities coming together in tough times

Written by Daryl Hartman – Senior Strata Manager – Empire Estate Agents Humans are innately social creatures. And during these strange times of isolation and social distancing, it’s easy to feel alone. While family and friends seem further away than ever, there is one group of people who are as ...

Being a Good Strata Neighbour

Written by Julie George – Senior Strata Manager For many of us, living in shared spaces like apartment complexes, townhouses or units is the norm. In fact, there are currently 325,000 strata properties in Western Australia alone, and it definitely has its perks…and pitfalls. It would be surprising to few ...

9 Tips for Choosing a Great Property Manager

Written by Maria Pace Why is finding a good Property Manager hard work? The Net Promoter Score (NPS) for Real Estate Agents is negative 39 and negative 9 for Property Managers. A recent 2019 Realestate.com Landlord Insights Survey found many Owners chose to self-mange due to mistrust. When broken down ...

Is your strata complex self-managed? How the new laws will affect you

Written by Jamie Horner Our strata team at Empire Estate Agents recognises that a growing number of Western Australians are opting out of large suburban homes, and switching to high-density metro living, close to the amenities they need, and the lifestyle they want. We see it all the time here ...

New WA Strata Laws: A summary of the things you need to know

Written by Jamie Horner STRATA is a form of ownership where a single parcel of land is subdivided into lots. These lots can each be owned by a separate person. Think apartments, townhouses, villas, etc. All of the owners share ownership of and responsibility for any common property—like gardens, driveways, ...

Strata Garbage Handling Tips

Garbage in Strata Complexes  In recent years, the increase in rubbish and waste output became problematic for strata complexes and their management. The strain on communal rubbish-removal services is increasingly demanding strata property owner's attention. Rubbish handling and waste management are also pressing in strata complexes because one person's waste ...

Landlord Insurance

What Is Landlord Insurance? Landlord insurance covers the damages that tenants can wreak on your rental property. Depending on the policy, especially the basic policies, you may need to add additional extras or make a change to ensure the following items are covered: ·         Accidental damage ...

What Are Strata Fees and How to Calculate Them?

Written by Jamie Horner & Daryl Hartman Strata fees, also known as levies, are a general contribution that is usually paid quarterly to the strata companies bank account. The fees to be paid are used for the funding of ongoing expenses, like insurance, cleaning, gardening, building maintenance, plumbing works, etc. ...

What is Considered as Damage to a Rental Property?

What is Damage to Property? Damage to property is one of the most common disputes between tenants and property owners. The former say they didn’t cause it, and the latter wants payment to repair it. Damage to property is a loose term. It usually refers to accidental damage caused by ...

You Need Sinking Funds To Maintain Your Strata Building

Written by Anna Jayadeep As an Owner in a strata complex you generally have two types of strata charges: sinking/reserve fund and maintenance/administration fund. Given the new Strata Legislation changes and the need for a complex to establish one, you might be asking what the former is.  In real estate ...
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