The winter months are not short of wet weather and colder temperatures causing problems for homes and apartments; however the matter of condensation can often be mistaken for a leak and thankfully is largely preventable. ...

We’ve noticed a growing trend in increased premiums and excesses, with a number of insurers actually declining to provide quotations for insurance in some cases. So, the Blackburne Strata team have been in discussions ...

This is a great question and one that we get asked often.  Understandably a lot of people are a bit confused about what a ‘strata fee’ actually is, as it is a colloquial term that ...

CCTV is one aspect to the complex solution to your scheme’s security needs. While locks, keys, fobs and remotes provide one level of security, CCTV in your complex can aid in holding residents and ...

Are you wondering if you can have your pet in your strata? And who decides? At first glance it appears to be completely hit and miss, with some complexes allowing pets, others who don’t, ...

After years of anticipation and hard work, the amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 (STA), and the introduction of the Community Titles Bill, have finally been introduced into Parliament.

Is your scheme approaching its Annual General Meeting (AGM)? Are you prepared? Do you know what is required? We aim to explain some of the requirements to ensure your scheme is fully prepared.

You may be considering a change in strata management for your scheme for a number of reasons. It is important to note that the switching process should not be difficult if you are prepared and ...

Are you unsure about what Strata Managers are responsible for doing? You’re not alone. There are many people who are new to living in strata schemes and are unsure what the role entails. A ...

It is only until we reach the middle of the year that rain jackets, umbrellas and woolly jumpers are pulled out from the back of our wardrobes. In Perth we are extremely lucky to enjoy ...

If you live in a strata managed complex and don’t know who your strata management company is, you may want to consider appointing Blackburne! As one of the only WA born and bred companies ...

Recently purchased a property and unsure if Strata Levies apply to you? This guide is designed to answer all your questions surrounding Strata Levies, how they’re calculated and when you’ll be required to ...

Strata Management update – June 2016 The hot topic in the strata industry continues to be the proposed reforms to the Strata Titles Act 1985, and our team have been busy attending many industry events last month along ...

Water ingress in apartment buildings One of the most common problems that we come across is water ingress in apartment buildings. Not only is it common, it can almost be the most difficult problem to ...

Strata management update – March 2016 We are thrilled to announce that Blackburne was recently awarded Strata Management Business of the Year for 2015 by the Strata Community Australia (WA). We are extremely proud to receive this award ...

The overhaul of legislation covering strata agreements in Western Australia would be a positive for the state, according to property professionals and lobby groups. The overhaul has been in the pipeline for a number of ...

We’ve come across the following article which outlines ten areas that make a strata complex a pleasant environment in which to live. A well-kept complex and a well managed strata company leads to happy ...

Update on strata reform Although full details are yet to be released, the proposed changes seem positive and will benefit owners and residents in strata titled schemes, as well as provide more options for the ...

What is common property and what is my lot? As Strata Managers, we are frequently asked for advice on what is considered common property and what is within an owner’s lot. This of course ...

We manage a large number of complexes in West Perth which have recently experienced regular break-ins. The culprits are targeting carparks and storerooms, often entering the carpark by coming in behind a resident’s vehicle. ...

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