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Flat Chat Diary

Here is a list of upcoming strata information events for apartment owners and renters.  If you have an event for strata residents that you want to publicise, please email Flat Chat is not the organiser of these events and communications should be with the individual event organisers

Strata Choice Free Seminars

Strata choice are running a series of frees seminars over the next few months, open to all Flat Chat readers regardless of who their strata manager is. Spaces are limited so log on to the the Strata Choice website and sign up now.

Here’s what they are offering:

April 18: Strata building insurance & managing finance

Strata Choice say their combined building insurance and strata finance seminar is designed to give you a better understanding of the insurance policies affecting the owners corporation and owners, as well as an overview on financial matters in a strata scheme.

Included in this seminar:

  • Mandatory insurances the owners corporation must have;
  • Optional insurances the owners corporation may wish to include;
  • Whether the owners corporation insurance covers inside your apartment;
  • Whether you need an insurance valuation;
  • The risks of not having the right insurance for the owners corporation, resident owners, and investor owners;
  • How contributions are levied for your strata scheme;
  • What a capital works fund plan is;
  • The management of levy arrears and payment plans.
May 9: The role of the Strata Committee

Strata Choice say this seminar is geared towards Strata Committee members who may have less experience than other members, and would value additional insight into their roles, responsibilities and rights within strata management.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how strata committees work – and how they are supposed to work – and Strata Choice say learning with a reputable strata management company will give you confidence that the information provided is up to date, credible and relevant to your needs.

Because they deal with Strata Committees every day, they are across the areas of greatest concern and relevance, and know what it takes to empower committee members to feel more confident when making decisions in their strata schemes.

Topics covered in the seminar include:

  • Meeting conduct;
  • The duties and obligations of the Strata Committee;
  • The powers of the Owners Corporation;
  • The role of the Strata Managing Agent; and
  • Issues relating to risk management for Owners Corporations
June 26: By-Laws & dispute seminar

Strata Choice say their By-Laws & Disputes seminar is designed to give you a better understanding of the purpose of by-laws. They cover which by-laws apply to specific schemes, and how and when they are used.  The seminar will also look at dispute resolution and how to best deal with by-law breaches.

Topics included in this seminar are:

  • General overview of the By-Laws;
  • Breach of By-Laws;
  • Resolving disputes;
  • Notice to comply;
  • Mediation;
  • Adjudication.


City of Sydney – Strata Skills 101

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. 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 for more details.

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.




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