General advice on temporary business closures during COVID-19 With many COVID-19 government restrictions now in place, we recognise the challenges faced by our clients as buildings are forced to either close or operate in a limited capacity into the foreseeable future. From a risk management perspective, Zurich...

CRM Brokers announce the 2019 Strata Services Business Award On Friday 26th of July, the strata industry gathered together at The Star for the annual SCA (NSW) CHU Strata Community Awards. The independent judging panel of academics and industry stakeholders were thoroughly impressed with the number of entries...

Finalists Announced for the Strata Services Business Award This year the SCA (NSW) received a record number of entries for the CHU Strata Community Awards. The Strata Services Business Award is designed to recognise excellence in performance of Strata Services. It specifically recognises a business that has...

Combustible cladding in the headlines again As the new year kicks into gear, combustible cladding remains firmly in the headlines after a fire at a Spencer Street residential tower on Monday 4th of February. Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade reported that combustible cladding was the "main contributor" to...

The most common and costly landlord insurance claims QBE Insurance has revealed that severe weather and leaky pipes are the biggest headaches for Australian landlords and are the cause of far more insurance claims than tenants failing to pay the rent. Storm and flood claims account for 34...

Fallout from the NSW Hailstorms The Insurance Council of Australia declared the December 20 storms a catastrophe, with over 25,000 claims totaling $125 million, received in the first 48 hours after the event. This was the fifth catastrophe declared in 2018 by the Insurance Council. In March,...

What is combustible cladding? Certain types of cladding can burn rapidly if it catches alight. Problems with metal composite panels and insulated cladding systems relate mainly to multi-storey buildings because of the potential for rapid fire spread via the external areas of the building. These products...

Water Damage Can Be Avoided Managing common claims and understanding the Owners Committee’s responsibility can be complex. Did you know that water damage is one of the most common causes of strata claims? Many of these claims can however be avoided with a good preventative maintenance...

CRM Brokers announce the 2018 Strata Services Business Award On Friday 3rd of August, the strata industry gathered together at the Four Seasons Hotel for the annual SCA (NSW) CHU Strata Community Awards. The independent judging panel commented on the number of entries and high quality of submissions...

Fire Risks and Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) In recent years, there have been several incidents, both locally and internationally, that have brought the use of ACP (aluminium composite panels) into the public spotlight. The Lacrosse Building in Docklands Victoria and the Grenfell Tower in London have...

Finalists Announced for the Strata Services Business Award This year the SCA (NSW) received a record number of entries for the CHU Strata Community Awards. The Strata Services Business Award is designed to recognise excellence in performance of Strata Services. It specifically recognises a business that has...

Issues found by Loss Adjusters and how to avoid them Most common issues found by a Loss Adjuster when assessing a claim 1. Inadequacy of Sums Insured, particularly in Business Interruption sections 2. Lack of early mitigation strategies 3. Delay’s in Insured’s providing necessary documentation to progress claim 4. Underlying...

Nominations are now open for the Strata Services Business Award CRM Brokers is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Strata Services Business Award at the 2018 CHU Strata Community Awards (NSW). The Awards Night provides an exceptional opportunity to acknowledge and reward amazing businesses and individuals...

Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme The new Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme is set to commence on 1 January 2018. The Scheme is a Government response to the City Futures Research Centre 2012 Report which found 85% of respondents, in buildings built since 2000, indicated...

How can cladding affect your insurance claim? Cladding is considered a popular material used to cover a building’s external wall or roof due to its light weight, architectural features, resistance to corrosion and many other benefits. A cladding material currently in focus is Aluminium Composite Panels...

Ten-point plan for fire safety reforms Responding to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire, the NSW Government announced a Ten-point plan to ensure unsafe building products are taken off the shelves, buildings with cladding are identified and notified and that only people with the right...