Welcome to the 2015 Winter edition of Illawarra Strata Management’s quarterly news-letter.
As is usual in business, there have been some recent changes to our personnel. At this point, we continue to have three strata managers, who are Tracey Payne, Bronwyn Turner and Louise Hill. In addition, the managers are supported by Rachael, Kerry and Christie with Lynne carrying out all account related tasks.
Generally, with change, there is challenges and we are meeting those challenges head on. There has been some change to our structure and our standard reporting processes. Accounting records are distributed monthly and manager reviews are sent to the committee on a monthly basis, or less often if your scheme has requested it.
More information is being placed on the owner portal, meaning greater transparency. Finally, if you have time, please take a look at our new upgraded website. This newsletter, and those from archives are being posted to the website to allow easy access.
If you’d like your testimonial to be added to the website, please send it through. In addition, if you have constructive feedback, we will welcome that also.
Illawarra Strata Management
Strata Living isn’t so bad so long as you learn to accept, give way and compromise.
The biggest tip we can give for successful strata living is to know your scheme. Make sure you understand the difference between lot property and common property. Obtain a copy of your by laws, read them, understand them and implement them in your strata life.
Respect your neighbours. You live in a community environment and therefore, your actions on common property affect others. Be mindful of your behaviour and that of your visitors whilst on common property.
Understand your role as a unit owner and the different role of the committee. Try to attend committee meetings and understand what functions they fulfil in assisting management of your scheme.
Find out and understand the process surrounding repairs and maintenance.
Know your rights as a strata lot owner and understand your obligations as a member of the Owners Corporation.
Ask questions – ask lots of questions so you have a greater understanding of how your asset is managed.
WINTER TIPS FOR THE BODY, MIND & SOUL
* Exercise – find something you like to do & enjoy some of the winter sunshine. Go for a walk or run, or join a team sport.
* Eat Healthy. Everyone likes to indulge on yummy comfort food when it’s cold. Try & mix it up with some lighter options to keep your energy levels stable.
* Vaccination? Get a flu shot.
* Stay Connected – organise a night out with friends. Even though it is cold, stay social – it invigorates the mind & soul.
* Have Fun – in the Sun! Stock up on Vitamin D. Put on a coat & scarf & kick a footy around with the kids (or grandkids). Have a picnic – go out and enjoy.
- Most importantly, have an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms installed throughout your home and make sure that you test them regularly.
- Check electric blankets for damage or frayed cords before placing on the bed.
- Take care to keep curtains, tablecloths and bedding away from portable heaters.
- Always extinguish candles or any other open flames before going to bed.
- If you use a clothes dryer make sure you clean the lint filter each and every time you use it.