Free SCA NSW Strata Owners Seminar: Waste Management

Dealing with rubbish has its unique challenges and opportunities when living in apartment blocks. Strata Community Australia (SCA NSW) and the City of Parramatta are co-hosting a seminar focused on sustainable waste issues and solutions for strata owners including recycling, illegal dumping and bins. Expert speakers will bring to light experiences and case studies from…

Read More

Common mistakes people new to strata living make (NSW)

Jimmy T from the Flat-Chat website posted this informative article covering typical mistakes made by people who are new to strata living. The top 10 Forgetting about Strata Levies as part of your budget Not getting involved with the management of the strata building Not complaining about noise in the building Assuming, and blindly believing…

Read More

NSW Strata Buildings with Aluminium Cladding – Read this

In the wake of the devastation of the London Fire, NSW Fair Trading is taking action concerning non-compliant aluminium cladding. Such action will include legal reform to give effect to: Having a specialist unit conduct an audit with a view to issuing orders against owners of buildings to remove non-compliant aluminium cladding materials. Requiring annual…

Read More

How NSW Strata Apartments can install solar polar

It has been difficult for people in who live in apartments in NSW to install solar panels. This is often due to a fear of bureaucracy and resistance from the strata committees. This article discusses an example of Stucco, a small co-operative housing block in Sydney, which embarked on a mission to install solar power….

Read More

Q&A: Smoke Alarms in Strata Units NSW

Smoke detectors have an effective ‘use by date’ and back-up batteries should be checked and replacement frequently, however the entire unit usually needs to be replaced after 10 years. A LookUpStrata reader wanted to know who is responsible to ensure that the smoke alarms in strata units are operational, and who is responsible for the replacement and…

Read More

Deferral of Strata Building Bond Scheme to 1 January 2018

We wanted to provide you with this update regarding the implementation of the NSW Residential Developer Bond and Defect Inspection Regime. This ‘Developer Bond Regime’ was to be introduced by the new Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW), which came into effect on 30 November 2016. The regime entails the provision…

Read More

Q&A: Who Can Access the NSW Strata Trust Account?

In the case of sole trader Strata Managers (one person), how does the Executive Committee gain access to the Strata Trust Account if their strata manager passes away? In brief, the Unclaimed Money Act 1995 (the Act) now applies to unclaimed money held in a trust account under the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002….

Read More

NSW Q&A: What to do about noise complaints?

A LookUpStrata reader was told by her strata manager that the water pump on the other side of her bedroom wall was within the required limits. The Council inspector who came to measure the noise also confirmed that there was no case for them to take action. She wanted to know if there is anything else…

Read More

Q&A: How appoint new strata manager before AGM?

A LookUpStrata reader in NSW wanted a step by step guide on the procedure to resign their current strata manager and appoint a new one. Their AGM is not scheduled to happen for some time, and the reader wanted to know whether they have to wait with the appointment of the new strata manager until then?…

Read More