Your guide to Pets in NSW Strata

Despite the highly anticipated “pet-friendly” amendments to the new strata legislation, animals are still not automatically permitted in strata schemes unless they are assistance animal as referred to in section 9 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth. So, you have a statutory right to keep an assistance animal within strata. However, if your animal is…

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Attention Developers: Why you need a strata managing agent!

Strata Managers are trained professionals with the thorough knowledge and expertise required to ensure proper and timely compliance with a litany of legal, notice, meeting, accounting, capital works fund and administration fund monetary requirements relevant to your development. What a licenced strata managing agent can do for you: assist you during the formation of the…

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Is a by-law prohibiting AirBnB accommodation lawful?

Is a by-law prohibiting AirBnB accommodation lawful? After some 3 years of community and industry consultation, last Tuesday, the NSW government announced its proposed new laws to empower Owners Corporations to ban AirBnB rentals and similar online short-term letting accommodation. Residents will remain unaffected by the proposed new laws. In other words, owners and tenants…

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Shifting GST payments from Developers to Buyers

Commencing on 1st July 2018, GST withholding obligations will be shifted from the developer to the purchaser of affected properties. The new laws only affect contracts which settle on and after 1st July 2018 and according to the REINSW the transitional provisions exempt contracts for sale entered into before 1st July 2018 provided that the…

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Friday Quiz Time!

With strata communities in NSW adjusting to the major reforms that came in to effect on 30 November 2016, some frequently asked questions have started to emerge. Fair Trading NSW have listed the most frequently asked questions, and the answers. Test your knowledge of the new strata laws with the questions below! Q: Will some…

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Strata Law Reforms: By-law breach fines to increase

Jimmy Thomson from the Flat-Chat column has written an interesting article on the coming changes to strata by-law breaches. In summary, fines will double and for the first time these fines will typically be paid to the strata plan. If the offender reoffends within 12 months, the fines increase dramatically to thousands of dollars, creating…

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Q&A: Is there a limit regarding strata levy increases?

This is one from the archives: a LookUpStrata reader wanted to understand whether there are any restrictions regarding the increase of strata levies to boost a sinking fund, and whether there is a limit to the frequency at which special levies are raised. Read the full question, and our detailed response by following this link.

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Strata title management law changes seminar

On 23 February 2016, the Governance Institute of Australia hosts an information evening on the changes in Strata law. It covers important knowledge on current and future strata law; how the changes will impact you, explain strategies for dealing with the challenges of being in an Owners Corporation, go through what you can and can’t do with respect to your…

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Best Wishes from the team at Premium Strata!

The team at Premium Strata wishes you an enjoyable festive season and a healthy and happy New Year! Our office will be closed from Tuesday 22nd December 2015 and reopen on Monday 11th January 2016. Should there be an emergency during this period please refer to the emergency trade list located on the notice board within your…

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Letterbox theft in Strata Buildings

Michael Pobi from Pobi Lawyers has written an interesting article about the theft of mail from strata titled buildings. Whether letterboxes are part of Common Property depend on how your specific strata scheme was registered. The registered strata plan for your building will show you the common property boundaries and lot property in the scheme….

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