Poll: What would you cut in your strata budget?

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If you had to make cuts in your strata spending, where would the axe fall first? Budgetting is crucially important today with the cost of living going up and inflation way above what we, the consumers, and the government would like.

For families and individuals, it could be a matter of trimming the optional expenses in your domestic spending so as to be able to better afford the essentials.

But there is another aspect of your outgoings over which you have some influence, if not direct control, and that is your strata budget.

Once a year, your strata committee or strata manager will present your AGM with a set of figures that includes what they think you should be spending in the coming year, and the levies you will pay to fund that.

In these straitened times, that will include increased costs for some services and, possibly, temporarily reduced income due to owners getting behind on their levies. You and your fellow owners have an opportunity to accept, reject or adjust those figures.

So if you were asked by your strata committee to nominate which sacrifices you would make to keep levies at their same level or even reduce them, what would you go for?

Select up to three areas in the poll below where you would be prepared to support cost-cutting.  Unregistered guests can participate in the poll but only registered users can comment in the Forum pages (see below).

If you want to see the results so far, all you have to do is vote.

If your scheme had to cut its budgets, what would you prefer it curtailed or sacrificed first?

  • Swimming pool heating (22%, 27 Votes)
  • Legal costs (breach notices or defensive) (18%, 22 Votes)
  • Gardening (18%, 22 Votes)
  • Building and Strata management services (14%, 18 Votes)
  • Cleaning services (10%, 12 Votes)
  • None of the above (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Defect rectification (inc. legal actions) (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Maintenance (sinking) fund levies (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Routine repairs and maintenance (2%, 3 Votes)
  • All of the above (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

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Meanwhile, in the Forum:

  • Who pays for repairing a drain under a townhouse courtyard? That’s HERE.
  • What’s stopping our strata manager from issuing notices to comply? That’s HERE.
  • Can your car space be used to store household goods? That’s HERE.
  • How can you pay your rent if your bank stops issuing cheques? That’s HERE.
  • The debate over kids playing in common areas rumbles on HERE.

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  • #70355
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

      If you had to make cuts in your strata spending, where would the axe fall first? Budgetting is crucially important today with the cost of living going
      [See the full post at: Poll: What would you cut in your strata budget?]

      The opinions offered in these Forum posts and replies are not intended to be taken as legal advice. Readers with serious issues should consult experienced strata lawyers.
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    • #70377
      UberOwner
      Flatchatter

        I’m infuriated that we have to pay for a service to come by every week and put the bins out, then move them back in. If these residents and tenants lived in a house, they would be putting out their own bins. When did apartment-dwellers get the idea that they are living in some kind of hotel situation? I was staying in an apartment recently in Utrecht and there was a cleaning roster for common areas with a list of what needed to be done. This kept strata costs down and presumably anyone who didn’t want to take their turn could hire a cleaner at their own expense. I grit my teeth when tenants complain about rental costs while walking past the cleaners, gardeners and bin-service people who are working for them.

        #70381
        Sujenna
        Flatchatter

          Ah yes!!!…….a roster would certainly keep costs down, except when 1. Residents don’t do their fare share of tasks on their rostered day and slack off 2. Residents go away on holidays and have to find someone else to cover for them on the roster, or the task is left undone 3. Residents forget about bin night on their rostered day, and the bins don’t go out. Putrescible waste causes maggots to spawn and the bins are overflowing because they haven’t been emptied for at least a week. 4. What is one persons idea of cleaning stairwells and common property areas i.e a quick flick with a broom, doesn’t match up to another persons expectations. 5. Some residents are elderly or have mobility issues and can’t swipe with a mop. 6. getting someone who didn’t want to ‘take their turn and hire a cleaner at their own expense’ is fine in theory, but in practice would never happen, because all people are tight with money and in getting things done. 7. Rosters require co-operation, and the main gripe on the Flat Chat forum is a ‘lack of co-operation’ in strata apartment blocks.

          #70400
          Sir Humphrey
          Strataguru

            I don’t think there is anything I would cut but then I would say that as the treasurer who drew up our budget. I think it is just right. We already have quite a few things that are handled by volunteers. The services we pay for are tasks that really do need a professional.

            #70414
            UberOwner
            Flatchatter

              Totally agree with everything, but still infuriated that people who won’t clean up or put their own bins out then complain about high strata fees (owner occupiers) and rents (tenants).

              #70425
              Jimmy-T
              Keymaster
              Chat-starter

                How about an opt-in/opt-out system whereby the people who don’t want to put the bins out pay a weekly fee and the people who do put the bins out don’t have to pay but get invited to a slap-up feast at Christmas (or a takeaway pizza) paid for out of the bin kitty.

                The opinions offered in these Forum posts and replies are not intended to be taken as legal advice. Readers with serious issues should consult experienced strata lawyers.
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