Social networking site for real estate and property Housenet.com.au has launched a custom online platform for unit complexes in the hope it will transform how people living in strata complexes interact with each other.
Strata Pages will allow managers or owners to create micro-social networks for their buildings and have access to private document libraries, polls and discussion forums.
“The feedback we’ve had so far is that Strata Pages is a godsend for both industry and lot owners,” said Darren Moffatt, CEO of Housenet.
“Our research found that communication and information management in strata schemes, especially self-managed, is often diabolical. There is no industry standard; some are using old clunky share software, others group emails – it’s a complete mishmash.
“Strata Pages solves this problem. It provides a central online place for scheme updates, minutes, budgets, documents, events, and discussions. It even has a polling feature, which we think will be especially useful in the lead up to NSW strata reforms."
Mr Moffatt said disputes between lot owners and communication were generally the major issues in strata living and that Strata Pages would reduce conflict and save time.
“We think it can transform how people experience strata, and with 50 per cent of the population projected to live in high density by 2035 there’s a real need for something like this,” he said.
The new system has been backed by key industry players, including the principal of Australian College of Professionals, Rosy Sullivan.
“I’m an educator in the strata industry and also a lot owner in a strata complex myself. I believe Housenet’s new product will make a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of managing strata plans," she said.
She intends to include the platform in her course material for strata managers.
“Strata Pages is a tool that every strata manager should be utilising to support their owners’ corporations," she continued. "We’ll certainly be introducing strata managers to this new product during their training courses with our college.”
According to Mr Moffatt, Strata Pages is a free platform available for all strata schemes regardless of whether they are professionally managed or not.