The ten commandments of harmonious apartment living

26 Sep 2013

Experts have predicted that the population of Australia will grow to 35 million people by 2050. Around half of the population will live in our three major cities; Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and the majority of those in high density dwelling.

Apartment living is part of everyday life in Australia today and will continue to be a popular living option in our future too. So it makes sense for current and potential residents to familiarise themselves with some tips on living in apartment dwelling harmony.

Top Ten Tips for Apartment Living

1. Love Thy Neighbour

Recognise that when you’re living in an apartment, your neighbours are not across the street but can be on the other side of your living room or bedroom wall. Mutual respect and consideration of neighbours will lead to more harmonious living.

2. No Pets Allowed or Are They?

Before you decide that you need furry, feathery or scaly companions, find out if your building allows pets. If it does then the next step is to inform your executive committee that a new house guest may soon arrive. Strata Community Australia has information and a pet application form on its website www.stratacommunity.org.au

3. Know What’s Yours

Make sure you are clear on the space that is yours and the space that is common property and know what you can and can’t do on common property

4. Know Your Rights

Acquire a full copy of the by-laws that are specific to your building, so that you understand the "rules" that you will be required to live by.

5. Do Some Sleuthing

If you are unaware of the decisions made by the executive committee then ask for a copy of previous Minutes. Even better go along to a General Meeting and get a feel for what’s happening in and around the building.

6. Make Sure Your Sinking Fund Isn’t Sinking

Have a good look at the condition of the building and make sure that the funds in the sinking fund match the long term maintenance planned for the next few years

7. Budget for Levies

Make sure you have budgeted for the quarterly levies to fund the annual running expenses of the building and its long term maintenance. Ultimately this will protect the value of your financial investment.

8. Be Informed

Educate yourself, as to your rights and responsibilities of living in a strata or community title property by doing some research.

9. Know Who to Call

Find out who on your executive committee you can contact when something goes wrong with the building and its services.

10. Be Active

Take an active interest in what goes on in your building, attend the annual general meeting so that your voice is heard and consider becoming a member of your buildings executive committee.

Disclaimer: The information provided above is a general guide only and not intended as a substitute for legal advice. The company disclaims all responsibility and all liability for any expenses, losses, damages and costs which might be incurred as a result of the information provided by the company in this article.

Comments

# At 10:49pm, July 5, 2015, Mun said:
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Kitchen furniture for the baekafrst nook includes a table and some type of seating arrangement. Most people attempt to pick out a table that matches the shape of their baekafrst nook. For instance, a circular table in an octagon shaped room or perhaps a rectangular table in a baekafrst nook that's an extension of the kitchen. For those who have a larger household and require a lot more seating, then baekafrst nook benches are a much better selection than chairs. On the other hand, your guests may well be more comfortable in a chair of their very own instead of cozying as much as a stranger. Subsequently, a mixture of benches and chairs operates very best within the kitchen.
# At 10:33am, July 27, 2015, Katil said:
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Thank you, Nicole. You can help by registering on our web ptaorl . It's FREE! And please go to the Forum and leave your comments there too. Please ask ALL your friends to do this. As it will indicate to us how big a market there is in this town. Otherwise, we might consider bigger towns like Newcastle. So please bring in the numbers to register and leave their comments as this would help immensely in us making our final decision.
# At 7:13pm, July 27, 2015, January said:
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Shiver me timbers, them's some great inmaifotron.
# At 7:45am, October 21, 2015, Clauveltor said:
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Janette from United Kingdom, April 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM The whole apartment was mrdeon, clean with very comfortable beds. We had everything we needed. We enjoyed our stay very much and we will surely be back next year!
# At 1:03pm, June 19, 2016, Aggy said:
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As &qoos;Orupat" dele não seriam aqui no Mar do Caribe, onde o acervo dos restos mortais ambulantes do comunismo ainda está se mexendo? Comunista não tem jeito: adora um capitalzinho.
# At 6:41am, August 1, 2016, Lexus said:
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I love reading your blog and watching your videos. They make me feel happy about myself and realise that I’m a nice, pleasant and normal human being. I realise I’m a million miles away from being like you and that can only be a good thing. I hope Corona sue yon.tuuMer.

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