Whether your new development is a block of 10 offices, 50 apartments, or 30 industrial units we can help with all aspects of setting up the owners corporation.
As your strata management overseer, we are with you, along the way from Builders and Developers from project conception and right through just before the plan of subdivision is registered with Landata Victoria.
Strata fees are contributions to the running, administration, and upkeep of the owners corporation. At the AGM, the owners corporation will set the annual administration and maintenance budget. Each lot within the strata or owners corporation is levied their share of fees based on their lot liability.
Strata levies or fees contribute to the OC budget which typically includes the building insurance. The building insurance or strata insurance policy covers the building replacement, public liability for common property, fidelity cover, machinery breakdown, officer bearers liability, etc.
Strata property is a property title or ownership in strata titled buildings i.e. an apartment building, townhouse complex, or an office building where there are multiple owners. Strata title means shared assets or amenities (i.e. shared driveway, gardens, lifts, basement car park, swimming pools, etc.) and gives rise to the creation of an owners corporation.
Strata property or more accurately strata titled property differs from Torrens titled property where you are the sole owner of the building and the land (with the only shared assets property being the neighbouring fence).
An owners corporation will be required by the ATO to lodge an annual tax return if the owners corporation generates taxable income – that is collected beyond funding the running and administration of the building.
Strata management is also known as body corporate management and owners corporations management. These terms can more or less be used interchangeably (depending on which state in Australia you’re in).
Strata management (or owners corporation management in Victoria) is the management of the legal entity that owners the common property of a building (i.e. the body corporate / strata scheme/owners corporation).
Strata management entails the convening and running of the Annual General Meeting, the setting of budgets, the collection of levies, the preparation of accounts and records, and the responsibility for the upkeep of the building.
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Strata managers in Victoria charge $300 to $500 per lot on average (total of all above charges). Owners Corporation Management Fees differ between different strata management companies however typically the following factors will be determinants of the pricing:
It’s also important to note that Owners Corporation Management Companies derive their income/revenue from:
If you are concerned about the fees charged by your incumbent management company or any other cost aspects of your building’s operating expenses, most welcome to email us at email@example.com and undertake a review.
Body corporate and strata are often used to refer to the same thing – i.e. the legal entity that owns the common property in strata titled building. In Victoria, the term ‘body corporate’ was replaced with Owners Corporation when the Owners Corporations Act 2006 came into effect on 1 January 2007.
Yes, you can run your own body corporate (now known as owners corporation). If your owner corporation is a Tier 2, 3, 4 or 5 owners corporation. However, Tier 1 owner corporations must have an owners corporation management company. This is done by establishing an owner corporation and electing a chairperson and committee members to manage the body corporate services.
The chairperson and committee members will be responsible for setting the rules and regulations for the body corporate, managing finances and maintaining the common property. This can be quite a daunting task, which is why many owners choose to engage a manager to assist with the running of their new body corporate management company.