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…

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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….

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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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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?…

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Interesting strata facts (NSW)

For those who like statistics, we have some numbers that might interest you. A total of 76,733 Strata Schemes were registered in NSW in February 2017. SCA (NSW) reports that as of February 2017 there were 821,044 strata lots registered with the NSW Land and Property Information (LPI), which is a significant 12,668 lots or 1.6%…

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Q&A: Steps to take when renovating strata unit?

We provided a response to a LookUpStrata reader, who wanted to know the appropriate steps to take to obtain approval for renovating a strata unit. In summary, this owner should have a lawyer prepare a common property rights by-law for inclusion in an agenda of the Owners Corporation. They will also need a Section 108 motion…

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Q&A: Use of wrong allocated parking space

A LookUpStrata reader discovered they’d been using the wrong parking space and wanted to know what rights they have to get their actual allocated car parking space as per the contract of sale. In short, the strata plan allocations of car spaces will usually override any practices/use by the individual owners/occupiers. We recommended that the…

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Q&A: Air-conditioning maintenance – who is responsible?

A LookUpStrata reader wanted to know who is responsible for maintaining an individual unit’s ducted air conditioning systems when their main components are located outside the Lot’s boundaries. The short answer is: it depends. The test for determining whose responsibility repair & maintenance befalls is whether or not there is an exclusive use by-law registered. You can…

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Q&A: Parking issues in a Strata building

A LookUpStrata reader wanted to know what could be done about inappropriate parking behaviour by other residents. We recommend that they gather evidence and notify the strata manager or strata committee to enforce the by-laws applicable to the scheme. Steps could be taken for the Owners Corporation to enter into an agreement with local council for…

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Q&A: Who’s responsible for retaining wall?

We provided a response to another LookUpStrata readers question. The reader wanted to know who is responsible for the repair of a retaining wall in the back yard of a strata-titled town house. Generally retaining walls are common property; however, this can vary from building to building. The strata plan will generally depict the boundaries of lot…

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