REPRESENTING OWNERS & RESIDENTS IN RESIDENTIAL STRATA SCHEMES
OCN was established in February 2002 when representatives of a number of large, recently completed strata buildings found they had common challenges – building defects, expensive insurance, noisy neighbours - and wondered how best to manage the complex beast called ‘cooperative living’.
OCN is a network of owners helping owners – people who have experience in strata living; who have confronted many of its inherent problems; and who have evolved strategies for dealing with the problems that the rapid growth in apartment, villa and townhouse living inevitably brings. Our expertise is based not only on knowledge and experience, but on empathy – we understand the emotional impact of strata issues, as well as the legal, social and financial implications of living under a different set of rules from those that apply to free-standing homes. The issues faced by the owners also impact on residents - the building defects, poor governance, uncooperative neighbours and high rents due to high levies - and OCN speaks up for the whole strata community.
What members say:
"The information that I have received and been able to pass on to Executive Committee members and owners and the Managers of our complex has been absolutely invaluable. I am certain that it has saved us many many thousands of dollars; just considering energy saving, we have probably almost halved our Common Property energy expenditure and significantly reduced water usage thanks to information shared by members of OCN." Pat, St Leonards
"The OCN is probably one of the best, most informed and most informative groups I have been involved with." Alan, Newcastle