From time to time, the OCN identifies various concerns that arise in the day to day life in a unit plan. Some of these merit being publicised so that members can avoid pitfalls that have entrapped others. Some arise from reported shortfalls in managerial or Owners Corporation execution of function. Others impart knowledge potentially useful to committees or individual members. Please forward your contributions to

Conflicts of interest

Is your Owners Corporation (OC) unable to deal with problems because of entrenched conflicts of interest?

A recent ACAT decision about conflict of interest, Gracie v The Owners Units Plan 3411, has significant implications and sets new rules for OC decision making.

Please read 'Are there rules or processes for dealing with conflicts of interests between owners?' for more information.

Separate water metering

Separate water metering can be installed, but it may require the unanimous concurrence of all owners.

Please read 'Separate water metering' for more information.

Short term tenants can be the neighbours from hell

Please read 'Short term neighbours can be the neighbours from hell' for more information.

Funny finances

How is it that we are not balancing our budgets?

There is a little known quirk in many of the accounting packages managers use that even some of those managers are not aware of.

Please read 'Funny finances' for more information.

Reported hot water system failure

Some central hot water systems can fail after as little as 8 years.

Please read 'Reported hot water system failure' for a detailed report of one such failure.

Sustainability makes sense - so should you be doing something?

Please read 'Installation and ownership of sustainability infrastructure' for more information.