The latest industry updates from leading professionals, commentators and experts
Employee or Independent Contractor?
In the Management Rights Industry, many building managers enter into Agreements withÂ people who they consider to be independent contractors. Some of these â€ścontractorsâ€ť may attend to a number of the duties that are required of the Manager, pursuant to a CaretakingÂ or Letting Agreement. However, it is important to be aware that even though the parties may consider themselvesÂ to be in a principal/independent contractor agreement, the relationship may, according to the law, be that of an employer and employee. The distinction is important because there are significant consequences if the true legalÂ relationship is misinterpreted. For example, an employer is responsible for remitting group tax, paying statutoryRead More →
When it comes to marketing, image is everything
A lot of what we do at TheOnsiteManager, is market complex rentals, andÂ residential sales for onsite managers like you. In fact our office markets thousands ofÂ listings per year for onsite managers. So itâ€™s safe to say, we do a lot of marketing. One of the questions I get asked time and again by our managers is how to generate more enquiries from marketing. Here’s what I’ve learned. The first thing to remember is that RealEstate.com.auâ€™s search results are very clean. In fact thereâ€™s only 2 things you can edit that display in the search results: the rent (or sale price) and the main photograph.Basically, thoseRead More →
What does acting reasonably mean?
Body corporate disputes can become very emotional things. This is the story of one of those. If there is one article you read this year from us, make it this one â€“ because it is the most significant strata case in Queensland since the High Courtâ€™s decision on building defects. If youâ€™ve spent any longer than five minutes in strata land, you come to realise that the single most important aspect of any body corporate is its requirement to act reasonably. We have written repeatedly about that, with the most recent newsletter here. In October last year, you may recall the story of a manRead More →
Safety During Inspections
Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is almost necessary for an Onsite Manager or leasing consultant to complete a course in self-defence along with their registration. I began asking Onsite Managers if any have had scary encounters whilst at a tenantâ€™s premises. Statistically speaking, 1 in 5 had some sort of scare. I personally, have been pushed against a wall, whilst carrying out an exit inspection, by the outgoing tenant. This drew me to the conclusion to NEVER agree to conduct the inspection with them present. Routine inspections, if carried out correctly, should be fairly straight forward and the tenant should, in most instances,Read More →