Wilful damage to property, overcrowding, excessive noise and underage drinking are just some of the recurring problems unit owners and resident managers face each year during Schoolies Week.
Archers the Strata Professionals is urging resident managers to prepare for the notorious party week in advance, by establishing clear ground rules and adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for misbehaviour.
Archers the Strata Professionals partner Grant Mifsud said schoolies could be an incredibly stressful time for unit owners and resident managers, but preparation helped to calm the ‘schoolies jitters’.
“Body corporates should establish a list of well-defined schoolies ‘house rules’ to discourage misconduct ahead of celebrations,” he said.
“To reduce the risk of damage, unit owners should revisit their behaviour management plan and lay down clear ground rules and mitigation strategies for school leavers to follow.
“These rules outline what will and will not be tolerated by property managers and should be shared with school leavers as soon as possible to ensure they have ample time to review them before the excitement and anticipation kicks in."Mr Mifsud said one of the biggest priorities for school leavers was having their bond refunded, after dishing out large deposits to cover any potential damages.
“Any damage made to the room or contents during Schoolies Week will come out of the bond. Consequently, if school leavers accidently damage the property, the best approach is to notify the accommodation provider right away,” he said.
“School leavers who want to get their bond back should inspect their room upon arrival and report any damages as soon as possible to the accommodation provider, taking photos as a record where necessary.
“Tenants should be attentive during the check-out inspection and remember to obtain a receipt from their accommodation provider, as well as asking when their bond will be refunded.
“Accommodation providers are required to have a complaint handling process and school leavers are entitled to lodge a written complaint if they feel that they have been treated unfairly."Mr Mifsud encourages property managers to enforce the following ‘house rules’: