Category: House

2017 Budget – Changes to Residential Investment Properties Depreciation

Posted on 12/05/2017 O Comment

Well, that caught everyone by surprise and the waters are still a bit muddy. The information released when a Budget is handed down is often pretty broad – it’s a bit of a blunt instrument. What roughly happens then is that it is translated into legislation. That can take 3-4 weeks. In the meantime, here


Depreciation – the tax deduction lots of property investors forget to claim

Posted on 12/05/2017 O Comment

Depreciation – the tax deduction lots of property investors forget to claim. There are lots of property related tax deductions that all investors claim: council rates, water rates, property management fees, repairs. But depreciation is one that many people don’t even know about. Think of it as compensation for wear and tear. Buildings suffer wear


Strata time, and the living is easy

Posted on 03/04/2017 O Comment

Throw 10 people into a room and you’ll likely get some varied opinions. Throw 100 into a strata community and you’ll get a whole lot more; from what equals appropriate behaviour to what volume of noise is acceptable and how late is too late to use the communal pool. The bottom line is every neighbourhood


Consider this when buying into a strata title

Posted on 22/02/2017 O Comment

Whether it’s an investment or a place to call home, buying into a strata title community offers great benefits. Often more affordable than freestanding properties, they provide access to amenities like pools, communal gardens and off-street parking. Major maintenance is also taken care of, while a ready-made community is right outside your door. But as


Win for tenants in new era of strata management

Posted on 23/12/2016 O Comment

After five years of consultation and a raft of drafts and amendments, New South Wales is set to see new house rules when it comes to strata living, and the changes could have flow-on effects throughout Australia. Here’s the lowdown on what the new laws mean for living in a shared community. The legislation On


Why Community Counts in a Technological World

Posted on 01/11/2016 O Comment

These days we’re more likely than ever before to live away from our families, to move for work or study, and conduct a vast portion of our socialising via technology. In a world where we can connect with others at the push of a button, a physical community with the security and warm social embrace


Entirely Paperless!

Posted on 29/07/2016 O Comment

Being a Building Manager of over 300 residents, portal has been my saving grace. The portal has allowed me to view and manage my workload with no more phone calls or endless backlog of paperwork. All my residents can log on and book repairs /maintenance, & facilities with a push of a button with an


A Bright Future for Service Providers

Posted on 14/07/2016 O Comment

Without doubt you took a risk in trying (for the fist time ever as far as I know) to control the vital task of orgainising a yearly AFSS via a web portal platform. You have done extremely well. The fire services company inform me that they received not one phone call to their hotline during


Can tenants rent out their landlord’s properties on Airbnb? Here’s our take.

Posted on 17/04/2016 O Comment

You may have heard the shouts and murmurs regarding the Airbnb debacle and the landmark court case that was won by Barbara Uecker in Victoria. If you haven’t, well, in a nutshell, a tenant was wrongfully evicted from a premises by her landlord based on the understanding that she was subletting the apartment on Airbnb without the express permission