STRONG SUMMER WEATHER WARNINGS PROMPT URGENT MESSAGES FOR APARTMENT AND UNIT OWNERS
Apartment and unit owners are being warned about the wild summer weather to come on the back of some strong predictions from long-range weather forecasters. There are fears several cyclonic weather systems could dump torrential rains nationwide.
Meanwhile, our wettest winter yet could lead to a devastating bushfire season, with grass coverage at an all time high in several high risk regions. At Ace, we’re urging owners not to “drop the ball” and get summer checklists drawn up immediately.
The purpose is to minimise millions of dollars in damages every year from wild summer weather.
With dozens and sometimes hundreds of occupants often sharing the same halls, driveways and outdoor areas, the torrential rain, wind and record breaking temperatures of the summer period can have a magnified affect on strata communities and proactive planning looks more important than ever. Believe it or not, the biggest threat to you and your community, beyond weather events is complacency.
Every year summer comes, owners are met with months of trying weather, and every year, without fail, strata communities are impacted in some way by damage or insurance issues. The experts have warned residents in some areas that they can expect anywhere up to 8 cyclones this summer, and if you’re thinking that this isn’t a problem for your region, look to how South Australian owners fared when major storms caused damage and black outs recently.
‘Anywhere, anytime’ is the mantra to live by when planning for summer weather, and we hope you apply this common sense approach to your communities. There are a couple of key boxes that strata communities must tick in order to secure the safety of their community through this potentially destructive time. These two things are damage and insurance, and more often than not, the worst cases within these fields could have been addressed by preventative measures.
On minimising the damage caused by wild winds and rain systems, the typical measures we recommend are waterproofing checks for skylights, windows and roofs, the cleaning of gutters, drawing up of policies for outdoor furniture and the installation or cleaning of sump boxes.
Conversely, for the dry, dangerously high heat experienced in regions around the country, risk mitigation is your best bet, and we urge bushfire safety plans to be looked at in length for your communities. Knowing when to leave, knowing where to leave to and how you can stay informed during bush fires is life saving information and we encourage owners to have everyone within their community in the know.
Ultimately, when it comes to insurance; it’s down to strata communities to check their policies regularly, to ensure that property owners, tenants and investors are getting the cover they need. With the worst almost certainly ahead, there is no time to lose and the sooner checks can be made to gauge your insurance cover, the sooner you can respond to have any gaps filled.
Happy holidays and stay safe!
The content presented above is not intended to be advice and you should not rely on it as a substitute for any form of advice. This content is intended to be used for general information purposes only and may or may not reference the varied and constantly evolving strata legislation in each state and territory of Australia. It is always recommended that you seek independent legal instruction for interpretation of relevant strata legislation in your relevant state or territory.