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…

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How do new strata laws impact DIY renovators?

We covered this in an earlier article on the imminent strata law changes. however we thought this article was worthwhile sharing. In this article, Jimmy Thomson from the Flat Chat column in the Domain explains how DIY renovators need to be mindful that many activities will need prior approval by the strata committee before commencement of…

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Q&A: Neighbours cigarette butts – what can I do?

Leanne has provided a response to a reader’s question received by LookUpStrata. The reader has residents of higher apartments who overlook her balcony, dump waste and cigarettes butts over their balustrades, which end up in her outdoor area. Naturally, the reader wanted to understand what can be done. You can read the full question, and Leanne’s response…

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Q&A: Neighbours causing light nuisance

Leanne has provided a response to a reader’s question received by LookUpStrata. The reader wanted to know what can be done about a bright light shining into their strata unit at night, and keeping them awake. Considering this is light pollution, as a first step the owner should seek mediation. You can read the question, and…

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Q&A: Apartment Parking Space Problems

Leanne provided a response to another reader’s question received by LookUpStrata. The reader wanted to know what to do in order to retain her tenants, who are having apartment parking space problems, and may vacate because of this. You can read the full question, and Leanne’s response by clicking here.  

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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The importance of Home, Contents and Landlord Insurance

The Latest FlatChat column in The Domain covers the very important topic of insurance. It uses an example of a strata unit that was flooded by the upstairs neighbours due to a malfunctioning dishwasher. The owner of the dishwasher acknowledges the cause of the damage to the unit below is from their flooding dishwasher, however did…

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Information on Strata Mediation and Hearing?

The following article was written by Turnbull Bowles Lawyers. It explains the benefits of a Mediation compared to going to Hearing in relation to a building defects claim. It will help you evaluate what is the most suitable step for your building. If a Mediation does not take place between the parties or a Mediation is unsuccessful…

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Quiz on Noise in Strata Buildings

We came across this Flat Chat Quiz on noise in strata titled buildings, and thought you might enjoy it. Hit this link, and let us know how you go! At the bottom of the article you’ll find a link to the NSW Environment Protection Agency, titled ‘Dealing with neighbourhood noise‘, with handy tips and advice.

Quiz: Are pets allowed in your building?

Jimmy Thomson writes a weekly column in The Domain. He created a quick, tongue-in-cheek, quiz which will help you find out whether pets are allowed in your building. Hit this link to do the test. Don’t forget to let us know how you go!

Noise issues in Strata Schemes

Noise is one of the most common cause of complaints within residential strata buildings. Complaints may involve noise from hard floors and lack of appropriate floor coverings, mechanical noise from air-conditioning equipment, motor vehicles and alarms, noise from renovation works, noise from activities such as parties and music and noise from barking dogs and other…

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What is an Encroachment and what to do about it?

Let me start by explaining what an encroachment is: An encroachment occurs when part of a building on a certain block of land intrudes another parcel of land next to it. The NSW Encroachment of Buildings Act (1922) stipulates that “Encroachment” means “encroachment by a building and includes encroachment by overhang of any part as…

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