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CEO, Michael Vumbaca on Ticker TV

Group CEO, Michael Vumbaca, was invited on Ticker TV AU to discuss his business ventures within the Strata Industry. Hosted by Mike Loder, Michael...

The State of Strata Living in Sydney: Recent Changes & Updates

With around 80% of the City of Sydney’s population calling apartments home, most of us are living in a strata community in 2020 – and that number...

Interacting with Neighbours Safely During Coronavirus

Coronavirus is changing the way we interact with our neighbours, but there’s never been a better time to look out for one other. Here’s how to be...

How to Navigate Apartment Living During Coronavirus

With current restrictions in Australia and New South Wales due to COVID-19, many of us might be facing new ways of interacting in our apartment...

How To Ensure Your Strata Property Is Child-Friendly With These 4 Simple Safety Checks

For all parents, the safety of their child will be the key consideration when it comes to choosing a new home. As owning a house has become out of...

Mediation & Adjudication In Strata Living

There are so many benefits to strata living, but it’s inevitable that there might also be some downsides. One of them can be disputes among the...

Our Top Tips For Keeping Your Balcony Safe

Balconies are a fantastic place to wind down after a long day at work or to host friends for a dinner al fresco, so it’s unsurprising that they...

Why Strata Living Can Be Ideal for Retirement

Retirement should be a time for relaxation and enjoyment but, quite often, the ongoing effort of maintaining the spaces we used to need outweighs the...

How to Greenify Your Strata

Choosing eco-friendly strategies to greenify your strata means more than just increasing the value of your property. With the right strategies in...

Creating A Healthy Strata Community With Our Top 5 Communication Tips

Dealing with disputes and conflict are an unfortunate fact of life for any strata manager, but problems don’t need to spiral out of control. With a...

Strata Party: How to Celebrate and Keep Neighbours Happy

While we all love a good party, the noise disturbance and mess they can produce for those living in surrounding apartments can be an inconvenience....

The New Strata Living Guide for 2017 and Beyond

There have been over 90 changes to the New South Wales strata laws with the introduction of the new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, including...

How to Establish Good Strata Relationships from the Start

So you’re joining a Sydney strata for the first time and you’re about to move in. In our experience, creating respect between yourself, your...

Greening up your Mosman Strata is Now Easier Than Ever

Traditionally, there’s been little incentive and a great deal of difficulty in putting sustainable principles in place within inner-city apartment...

Bounty on the Balcony: Creating Great Balcony Gardens

Having no yard doesn’t rule out having a garden. You just have to be creative with the outdoor space you do have and, for many apartment dwellers,...

Benefits of Setting Up Community Gardens in Strata Complexes

Starting up a community garden in a strata complex is not only good for residents’ health because of the access to fresh food and green spaces,...

Ways to Green Your Strata Building

Green living can provide each resident, whether living in a house in the north shore, eastern suburbs or in any strata in Sydney, with reduced energy...

Case Study – Energy Efficient Strata

We understand that rising energy costs can be frustrating! What if we told you that you could save on energy bills whilst also reducing your carbon...

How to decrease your carbon footprint and save money at the same time!

Would you like to reduce you energy consumption and associated costs considerably? Earlier this year we took the initiative to investigate how we...

A bright green future for Sydney

Having grown up in the leafy and spacious upper north shore before moving into the inner city, I discovered very quickly how much I missed...

CEO, Michael Vumbaca on Ticker TV

Group CEO, Michael Vumbaca, was invited on Ticker TV AU to discuss his business ventures within the Strata Industry. Hosted by Mike Loder, Michael...

How are Special Levies Passed, And What Are the Requirements for Them in NSW?

The mention of special levies is enough to worry many strata owners, but rest assured these levies are only put in place when the vast majority of...

Trees, Bushes & Hedges: Who’s Responsible on a Strata Property?

Sick of leaves, nuts or fruit falling on your roof?Worried about a large or dangerous tree hanging over your property?Perhaps you’re simply wanting...

Coronavirus Questions: Can I Still Have Maintenance Carried Out in My Apartment Building?

COVID-19 is putting a hold on many normal activities at the moment, and many NSW strata residents might be wondering whether strata repairs, cleaning...

Your Questions Regarding Levies and Payments During COVID-19

We know that the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has had a financial impact on many Australians, including those who live in New South Wales’ many...

What to Consider Before Selling Your Strata Property

Selling any property can be a daunting and complex process, but selling property in a strata scheme can be quite different from selling regular...

The Best Pets for Keeping in a Strata Property

Many might love the idea of having a Basset Hound as a pet, but neighbours in the apartment over might not be so enamoured if that pooch starts to...

Jamesons Opens Two New Offices in Hornsby & Wollongong

Jamesons Strata Management has established two new branches in Hornsby and Wollongong to further meet growing demand for quality strata services...

How do the New Laws Address Gifts and Benefits

In our video series Michael Vumbaca, General Manager at Jamesons Strata discusses how the new laws address gifts and benefits. The new...

Boom in New Strata Buildings in Sydney’s Lower North Shore

2016 and 2017 have seen a number of developments and growth in strata buildings on Sydney’s north shore. This is in line with the trend for...

Straightforward Solutions to Common Strata Neighbour Complaints

We’ve all heard horror stories of strata neighbour complaints gone wrong when handled badly. Fortunately, there are steps that can help you avoid...

Strata Disputes and How They Are Resolved

Issues and grievances between neighbours within a Strata complex can occur from time to time. Maybe your neighbour’s morning routine includes...

A Date Has Been Set for NSW Strata Reforms

The date has finally been confirmed for the reform of NSW strata laws! The NSW Parliament passed over 90 changes to the Strata Management Act last...

Delay In Introducing New Strata Legislation

Much-heralded strata reform affecting NSW apartments has been delayed to allow further consultation with interested parties. The raft of changes...

Social Trends Impacting Unit Developments

There’s no doubt about it, apartments are at the forefront of Australia’s current boom in high-density living. This year’s Australian Bureau of...

Second Round of changes to the Home Building Act are coming on 1 March

Following on from our recent articles about changes to the Home Building Act, the second and final round of changes are scheduled to kick off on 1...

More changes to the Home Building Act

The changes to the home building act originally scheduled for 1 December 2014 have been officially scheduled for release in two stages in 2015. 15...

Annual Planning for 2015

Once again we got together this year as a company to review the year that was, and all that we need to work on in 2015 and beyond. We surveyed some...

Holiday Pool Safety

This summer, like all those before it, we see thousands of Australians of all ages and with varying degrees of skill taking to the water to stay cool...

Exciting Jamesons Team Updates

2014 saw a number of key personnel changes here at Jamesons. We were delighted to welcome Andrew Kelty to our business earlier this year. Andrew...

We have a new office in the Eastern Suburbs!

It’s been a long time coming, but we are very proud to announce we have opened our doors in the Eastern Suburbs. Our new offices are situated at 12...

Changes to the Home Building Act are coming – Act now!

While it is not clear exactly when changes to the Home Building Act (HBA) will be implemented, it is clear that they will have a dramatic effect on...

Renovations in Strata

Renovations in strata are amongst the most debated issues as they bring with them a multitude of possible disruptions to fellow residents including...

Renting with pets.. the debate continues

It’s interesting to read that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2.16 million renting families are pet owners. These significant...

85yo man to be charged after a shooting at strata meeting in Sydney’s south-west

It really makes you wonder what the world is coming to when people start getting shot at Strata Meetings. This event has shocked me personally and I...

Some recent Supreme Court Cases

Thanks to our friends at Mills Oakley for supplying the below article. It certainly highlights the importance of proper meeting procedures at all...

I Want to Renovate My Unit

It is essential that you contact your strata manager if you are planning to renovate your...

There Is No Electricity In My Unit

Check first of all to ascertain that it is not a general power failure in the street. If it is a general failure please call the Energy Australia...

There Is No Water In My Unit

Water supply failure can occur for several reasons. For example, Sydney Water might be carrying out works on the street pipes and has temporarily...

The Lift isn’t Working

Call your strata manager to have them contact the lift company, or alternatively the lift maintenance company whose name is generally located on a...

The Garage Door is Jamming in the “Up” or “Down” Position

Make sure that your door remote controller is working and that the batteries are not old and flat by checking it against another resident’s...

The Sewer Choke is Jammed

The first sign of a problem will frequently be that, when flushing the toilet, the water backs up to the rim of the bowl and does not drain away. A...

What items are the responsibility of the lot owner to repair and maintain?

There are a number of items that are excluded by the Owners Corporation, and are the responsibility of the Lot owner(s) to repair and maintain....

I want to install an air conditioner in my unit. What is the correct procedure?

The first course of action is to inform the Owners Corporation in writing. This should be directed through your Strata Manager and should include as...

What does it mean to be ‘financial’?

To be entitled to vote at a general meeting you must be “financial.” This means that all levies must be paid up till the date of the...

How do I become a member of the Executive Committee?

The following persons are eligible for nomination to the Executive Committee: An individual who is an owner. A company nominee of a corporation that...

What is a special levy and how is one created?

A Special Levy is often raised when there aren’t sufficient funds in either the Administrative Fund or the Sinking Fund to pay for an...

Can I have a pet in my unit? And if so how do I apply?

You should enquire with your Strata Manager if there are any By-Laws in place regarding pets at your building, as some buildings have very specific...

There has been a break in, and there is damage to my unit or common property

If the main entry door to your unit or a window is damaged by a break and entry or is vandalised to the extent that the security of your unit is...

New Child Window Safety Requirements For Strata’s Coming

Article written by Mills Oakley Lawyers: On 18 September 2013, the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Child Windows Safety) Bill (“the...

I need a Section 109 Certificate

To request a section 109 certificate prior to purchase please click HERE and our team will contact you to discuss. IMPORTANT NOTE: COSTS The costs...

Are Your Glazing Contractors Qualified? Most Glass Accidents Aren’t

Are Your Glazing Contractors Qualified? Most glazing problems occur right from the outset. They generally stem from the inappropriate select ion and...

Get To Know Your Energy Bill – Written by Energy Action

Energy bills are often complex. In most cases, without a solid background in energy, it can be difficult to understand what you are actually being...

The Owners-Strata Plan 64282 v Patelis [2011] NSWSC 222

In Owners of Strata Plan 64282 v Patelis, the Supreme Court of New South Wales granted an Owners Corporation an urgent injunction preventing the...

Which Climate Change Policy is Best? We’ve broken them down so you can decide.

As we edge closer to “E-Day” – the looming September election, a number of debates are heating up the political landscape. The price on carbon...

Saving energy through lighting management in commercial buildings

With the continued rise in energy costs impacting commercial buildings across Australia, investing in energy efficiency makes more sense than ever....

What should businesses be doing?

Incorrect energy bills cost Australian businesses thousands Energy Action leading the charge to help businesses understand energy costs With all...

Section 80D – Owners Corporations authorising Legal Action

On 19 July 2013, Justice Pembroke of the Supreme Court of NSW delivered a judgment in the case of The Owners – Strata Plan No. 70798 v Bakkante...

Join the last minute stampede or shop smart for your next contract?

Ever left Christmas shopping until the last minute – what happens? As consumers edge closer to Christmas Eve their purchase options become...

Group CEO, Michael Vumbaca, was invited on Ticker TV AU to discuss his business ventures within the Strata Industry. Hosted by Mike Loder, Michael
Choosing eco-friendly strategies to greenify your strata means more than just increasing the value of your property. With the right strategies in place, you’ll

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