Everyone is searching for something to take out of this turbulent year. Life lessons, new workout regimes, you name it. It’s a time where 1 month dishes up a whole host of learnings and we think strata communities can too take something out of 2020. Here’s a guide on the best practice protocols we’ve learned this year, that should be a part of your plans in years to come.
1. Every indication is the virus will still be active in 2021
2. Strata communities are obligated to provide a safe environment for residents
3. Owners Corporation will place a premium on communities who can protect their health at a high level
With social distancing and economic uncertainty abounds, we’ve seen these changes shake up community living;
If you had to pick a theme for the legislative changes above, it would boil down to flexibility. The flexibility of managing strata communities and strata community finances.
If we assume that the health and economic impacts of this crisis will stick around for at least another year, it places the onus on your strata community to stay adaptable and flexible while we move forward.
When it comes to health advice, the Federal and State/Territory Governments must take the lead, but strata communities play a critical role in the adherence to and understanding of this advice.
Strata Community schemes in Australia have a legal responsibility to make sure the property is maintained in a safe condition and have a duty of care to all who come and go from the property, so it’s in your Strata community’s best interests to be a conduit for advice coming from lawmakers.
Committee members must, therefore, make decisions in line with the restrictions that apply to their state and communicate these with Owners Corporation and residents.
Remaining proactive and providing clear and timely communication with your Strata Community members will be key for managing COVID-19 while also returning to a sense of normal. To assist committees in delivering their duty of care, the following checklist items will help keep all parties on top of all the relevant information.
Best practice is of course underpinned by good processes.
The above information is general in nature and strata legislation differs in each state and territory of Strata community Australia.
If you wish to discuss any strata community matters further with an Ace Body Corporate manager, please do not hesitate to visit our contact page and locate your nearest Ace manager for a chat.
Note: We are not in the position to provide health advice and we encourage you to keep up-to-date with guidance provided by the Australian Government on their website regarding Strata community, visit here.