Heading off on holiday is a time for relaxation and enjoyment, but for strata property owners, it also brings the responsibility of ensuring that their property remains compliant with strata regulations. In this article, we will explore key steps to take before going on holiday to maintain strata compliance and ensure the safety and security of your property.
Inform Body Corporate
The first step before embarking on your holiday is to inform the body corporate or strata manger about your plans. Communication is key, and by keeping them in loop, you enable them to take any necessary measures to maintain the security and overall well-being of the strata property.
Delegate a Caretaker
Consider designating a caretaker for your unit while you are away. This could be a trustworthy neighbour, friend, or family member who can keep an eye on your property, collect mail and report any issues promptly. Provide them with emergency contact details and specific instructions regarding your unit.
Secure Your Unit
Ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked before you leave. Familiarise yourself with any specific security measures outlined by the body corporate, such as entry protocols or surveillance system requirements and make sure everything is in working order.
Mail and Package Arrangements
Contact Australia Post to redirect your mail or make arrangements with a neighbour to collect it. Unattended mail can signal an empty property, making it susceptible to unwanted attention. Additionally, if you receive regular deliveries, notify the relevant parties or redirect them to a more secure location.
Use timers for lights or electronic devices to create to create the illusion of an occupied unit. This simple trick can be an effective deterrent against potential intruders and is in line with Queensland’s focus on community safety.
Update Emergency Contacts
Ensure that your emergency contacts, including the body corporate and any relevant service providers, have updated information. Provide alternative contact details in case of urgent matters, ensuring a smooth line of communication in your absence.
If your strata property has outdoor responsibilities, such as garden maintenance or watering plants, arrange for someone to take care of these tasks. Neglected outdoor areas can impact the overall aesthetics of the property and may be subject to body corporate by-laws.
Review QLD Strata Laws and By-Laws
Familiarise yourself with Queensland’s strata laws and by-laws. Understanding local regulations related to holiday rental, noise levels, or any specific requirements during absences will help you stay compliant an avoid any issues with the body corporate.
By taking these proactive measures and staying informed about Queensland’s strata regulations you can ensure that your holiday remains enjoyable while contributing to the overall safety and compliance of your strata property. Open communication with the body corporate, responsible delegation and adherence to local laws are vital for a worry-free vacation experience.