About Strata


Our expert team is available to assist you in all aspects of the management of your scheme. 

Chris Darby Strata have systems and procedures in place to efficiently managing your Strata Scheme including:
  • Management and updating of the Owners Corporation’s books and records 
  • Maintenance of the Strata Roll of the Owners Corporation 
  • Addressing all inward and outward correspondence 
  • Filing of all appropriate documentation 
  • Responding to emails, telephone calls and facsimiles 
  • Ensuring compliance with the relevant legislation 
  • Assisting in interpreting and/or preparing/registering by-laws 

Strata Title

Strata Title began on 1 July 1961 with New South Wales producing the world’s first legislation. This legislation has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of strata developments and has been adopted and modified by many other countries throughout the world. New South Wales is certainly the leader in this area and recently recorded its 50th anniversary.

Back in the 1960s, the average strata development was a single or two-storey red brick building with a bank of carports at the rear. The modern strata scheme can contain hundreds of lots and be a mix of residential and commercial with hotels, shopping centres, car parks and marinas.

Strata Schemes Management Act of 2015, due to commence on 30 November 2016.

Here at Chris Darby Strata, we started our involvement in strata in the late 1960s, and along with the legislation, we too have evolved over the years. We now manage buildings from small duplexes through to industrial and commercial schemes and large strata schemes. We can manage your scheme regardless of size, and we will provide the same personal and professional service to the small buildings as we do to the large luxurious schemes under our control.

Showing exponential growth over recent years, Strata is quickly becoming one of the most common forms of residential property ownership in Australia. Over the coming decades, it is expected that over half of all new residential dwelling built in metropolitan areas will be Strata Titled. This fast pace growth demonstrates the important role Strata Managers will continue to play in the community, and the team at Christ Darby Strata are more than willing and able to assist in the sound management of your scheme. 

Research undertaken by the City Future Research Centre indicates that in 2015, there were 70,591 residential strata schemes in NSW, with the number only expected to increase as development and innovation continues within NSW. There has also been an acute increase in investor- owned properties, with 53.1% of all Strata registered lots owned by investors as at the 31 December 2015

Over the 2013-2015 period, 78 strata schemes were registered in the Wollongong area alone, resulting in the creation of 620 new lots.  With a total  of 2,352 residential Strata Schemes in Wollongong alone, and an astounding 16,303 registered Strata Lots (as at 31 December 2016), Chris Darby Strata has specialised local experience, making them the obvious choice for all you Strata Management Needs. 

Community Title/Neighbourhood Association

Part of the evolving strata landscape was the introduction of the Community Land Management Act in 1989, which dealt with the situation of people living in ‘communities’ and shared facilities. These include such things as community halls, parklands, pools or lakes, tennis courts, and other sporting facilities.

These facilities are known as neighbourhood or community property, and the legislation is designed to allow a fair apportionment of the costs required to maintain these facilities between the people who benefit from them. They have become popular with local councils too, as often the infrastructure, such as roads and the electricity supply, are owned by the associations, and are therefore not the responsibility of the council for repair and maintenance.

One of the early community schemes was in a farming area in New South Wales. The community property was the irrigation system that ran through the various lots. These types of schemes have different legislation and different maintenance issues. Characteristics of these schemes are that they have a deposited plan number rather than a strata plan number, and Lot 1 is always the neighbourhood or community property. In strata schemes, the owners' corporation maintains the buildings, whereas, in neighbourhood/community schemes, their owners maintain their own buildings.

Stratum developments/building management committee

The next and most recent progression was to allow several different entities to occupy the one building or site. These types of schemes can be relatively straightforward with some residential lots and a restaurant or small shopping centre on the ground floor. They can also be hugely complicated schemes with residential, commercial, hotels, shopping centres, parking facilities, and even marinas. 

These types of projects have shared facilities and there needs to be an apportionment of the costs of maintaining these facilities between the various entities. The rules and how the various entities interact in these schemes are set out in a document called the Strata Management Statement. A Building Management Committee (BMC), comprising of members of the strata schemes or lots, administers the affairs of the whole complex.

Apportionment of costs is dealt with by a Share Costs Schedule that is formulated upon registration of the scheme and contained in the Strata Management Statement. These costs can be adjusted from time to time as required.

Unlike basic strata schemes that have a standard set of by-laws, these vary from scheme to scheme and must be fully understood to allow for the efficient management of any such scheme.

Here at Chris Darby Strata, we have experience in the management of these types of schemes and can assist you with the running of yours. 

Keeping up with changes

In the early years, there was little information about this new evolving industry, and most practitioners were self-taught. As the industry grew there was a need for a governing body, and the peak industry body, until very recently, was the Institute of Strata Title Management. We have been proud members of the Institute for over 20 years, and as with strata, this institute has also evolved to become known as Strata Community Australia. Their main objective is to bring together all of the Australian states, which currently have widely differing legislation, into one industry group. The focus of this entity would be on education and improving the industry for the benefit of all who work, live, or supply services to it.

Chris was recently made a life member of SCA while Jennifer sat for many years on the Board in the capacity of Vice President. Andrew was recently nominated for the prestigious Young Strata Manager of the Year Award. For more information about Strata Community Australia please visit nsw.stratacommunity.org.au

Call us now on 02 4228 0455 for more details on our strata services in Wollongong and the Illawarra

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