CAN I HAVE A PET IN MY APARTMENT?
This depends on the individual Strata. Some have strict rules (specifically about dogs), and some have special by-laws that stipulate that pets are not allowed, or only allow pets of certain sizes. Animals are not prohibited under the Strata Titles Act, but if an animal disturbs other residents, the Council of Owners can issue a legally binding notice for removal of the animal.
WHAT IS COMMON PROPERTY?
Common property are the grounds and structures on the Strata Plan that is collectively owned by all proprietors; and it is this part of the property that is maintained using Strata funds and managed by your Strata Manager.
DO I NEED CONTENTS INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH THERE IS STRATA INSURANCE?
Yes. Strata insurance covers the building and/or common areas. Household contents insurance is the responsibility of each owner. Strata Insurance covers repair or reinstatement of the building and/or common area and contents as a result of accidental loss or damage.
HOW ARE LEVIES DETERMINED?
As your Strata Manager, we will recommend a budget at the AGM based on the previous year’s expenses, plus considerations for CPI and projected expenses. The budget is considered by the owners, and adopted with any agreed changes. Levies are then set based on unit entitlement and become a legally binding debt on the Lot. Levy notices are issued quarterly.
HOW CAN I PAY MY LEVIES?
Bruel Strata offers a range of payment options including DEFT, BPay, cheque, credit card, phone payments and cash via Australia Post.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENT?
Bruel Strata issues levies notices at least 3 weeks before the due date, and interest is not charged on late levies until 30 days after the due date.
Interest is thereafter charged at a rate of 15% per annum, as stipulated in the Strata Titles Act. Bruel Strata has a clear system of debt escalation and recovery to ensure arrears don’t become a problem for the Strata