Skills workshops aim to reduce strata stress

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Want to learn how to take the stress out of apartment renovations or enjoy high-rise harmony with your pets … and your neighbours?

City of Sydney is launching another series of free interactive workshops for apartment dwellers where industry experts will provide practical advice for successful apartment living.

The free workshops run from March to June and will cover issues affecting apartment owners and residents, including buying off the plan, renovations, living with pets and strata governance and finance.

In a press release, Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the popular workshops will give city residents the skills and knowledge to live smarter and happier lives in strata apartments.

“Four out of five of our residents already live in apartment buildings and that number is expected to increase as our population grows,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Whether it’s the rules around pet ownership or getting repairs or renovations done, we’re organising these free workshops to help make life easier for the growing number of apartment owners and residents in our area.”

The City of Sydney Strata Skills 101 workshops are suitable for owner-occupiers and renters and cover everything from the hand-over of new units to living with pets.

The Handover: From developer to owners
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 27 March

Learn the basics of strata schemes before you sign on the dotted line. Whether you’re a first home buyer or investor, you can find out what you actually own, what you can and can’t do, and what you need to consider as part of a new community. The workshop also covers the basics of strata terminology including common property, by-laws, unit entitlement and levies.

Renovation Rules: Repairs and renovation basics for strata living
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 10 April

This workshop provides information about what you can and can’t repair and renovate in your strata apartment. Information and case studies will provide examples of what can happen when you don’t do your research. Hear some of the common issues that can affect liveability.

Strata Basics: What you need to know before living in an apartment
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 1 May

If you live in an apartment, or are thinking about moving into one, and don’t know what the word ‘strata’ means, the strata basics workshop is for you. Come along and find out about life in a strata apartment – the people you need to know, making friends in your building, and all about noise, safety, parking and recycling.

Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 15 May

Learn what you can expect as a new strata committee member. It will provide an overview of the role of the strata committee and some useful strategies to address some common but often unexpected issues that arise for new strata committee members.

Strata Meetings: Why good governance matters
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 29 May

Well run strata schemes with effective management by a strata committee create better places to live and help owners comply with important legislation. Join us to find out more about how good governance helps to create strong strata communities.

Strata Paws: Living with pets in apartments
6pm–8pm, Tuesday 5 June
Presented by an animal behavioural expert, this workshop will provide strategies for living with pets in strata, from design modifications to bark-busting toys. The workshop will provide useful advice for keeping your pets happy and help you reduce potential ‘pet conflicts’ in your apartment building.

All workshops are free to attend and will be held in an accessible building in the city. They are limited to 50 participants each, so get in early. Visit strataskills101.com.au for more details.

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