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How to live peacefully in Strata Complexes

13/9/2018

Apartment Supply coming to the Sydney and Melbourne markets was detailed in a recent report compiled by David Scutt in the Business Insider.

-The number of units in Australia could increase by 10% over the next two years according to analysis by CoreLogic

-61.8% of this expected increase in supply is to be absorbed by just Sydney & Melbourne

-Over the next 12 months and additional 94,000 new units will be completed nationally!

Against these figures, supply may well meet demand whereas for years it’s been more demand than supply. Not necessarily true of all suburbs though where there will always be more demand for the same levels of supply such as Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

What this obviously means is that a large proportion of the population will be living in Strata complexes, so how can everyone ensure they’re By-Law given rights to quiet enjoyment of their premises? Well it’s a challenge for many and as a Property Manager we can see first hand the issues that it can present.

I would safely say that most issues that arise within Strata complexes involve, noise, parking & smoking. Some complaints escalate quickly it’s not always easy to find middle ground so where ongoing disputes are involved it can make for a pretty uncomfortable living situation.

A Strata complex should have a set and clear set of By-Laws in place and hopefully an effective Strata Management Agency involved, and there are some good ones.

So how can everyone get along when you have so many people, personalities and even routines living in such close quarters?

Everyone needs to pay their part really so here’s some tips to Strata Living having been there myself and having managed many issues in Strata complexes in my time.

-Flexibility; Everyone needs to give a little and make allowances, the occasional party and differing personalities need to be handled delicately at times. Listen and be flexible, usually an issue is just a passing one that can be dealt with and moved on from once resolved.

Awareness; know your Strata rules and By-Laws so you know your rights but also your responsibilities, remembering that these rules apply to all in the complex so all are equals!

-Get involved; Many people couldn’t be bribed into attending a Strata meeting but if you want action, change or improvement you’ll need to grit your teeth and get in there. Be heard and make your vote count. If the building needs maintenance then report it, it is your home.

Respect; common property is owned and shared by all so seek approvals to use common property and always be mindful of others when in common property. Creating a nice building community is as simple as saying hi or a smile when checking the mail.

-Talk; If there’s a problem then talk about it with your neighbour(s), people don’t always know what they’re doing wrong so a simple conversation helps to alert others nicely without the need to escalate an issue and without you letting it fester and build frustration.

Whilst I relate all of these tips to common sense I think it’s an appropriate reminder that if you’re going to live in a Strata complex that you need to be open minded, every Strata complex will have a different make up of demographics and personalities all there for their for their own specific reasons but one commonality is the desire to peacefully enjoy their home and that’s everyone’s basic right.

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– Antonio

Director & Property Manager