Put simply, a Sinking Fund is a cash reserve for the future maintenance and repair of a building.
In order to create a financial plan that allows for funds to adequately cover these future costs, a Sinking Funds Forecast, or, otherwise termed, Life Cycle Costing, is required.
This Forecast is a maintenance schedule which ensures the body corporate allows for sufficient financial reserves and, in turn, minimises the risk of insufficient funds, creating a safety net for both the body corporate and the building itself.
A Rawlinsons (W.A.)'s Sinking Fund Forecast covers expenditure of a capital or non-recurrent nature including periodic replacement of major capital items and other spending that may reasonably be required for the safe operation and upkeep of the buildings. It does not include expenditure on capital improvements.
The cost of maintenance contract items are normally included within the administration fund, therefore they are excluded from the sinking fund forecast.
These items include, but are not limited to:
Our comprehensive report will explain how we have estimated the expected life of the items, the included and excluded items and a summary of costings.
The new Strata Title Amendment Bill 2018 states that every strata company for larger schemes will need to prepare a 10 year maintenance plan. Rawlinsons (W.A.)'s reports can detail the expected yearly costs for up to 15 years (sample below), however, we recommend the Sinking Fund Forecast be reviewed annually to include any changes arising from extraordinary expenditure, inflation, local market factors and the general building condition.
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