NSW Q&A: Smoking Inside Your Apartment

Question: We live in a high rise apt block and a few years ago we voted against a no smoking building, but we are not allowed to smoke in all common areas. That is fair enough. I’m not a smoker. But living in the western suburbs with a reasonably large amount of tenanted apartments, most…

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NSW Q&A: Rescinding Resolutions

Question: in relation to the article: NSW: Q&A Can Owners Corporation committee decisions be reconsidered? can you please point me to the section or clause in the SSMA 2015 or SSMR 2016, that refers to rescinding resolutions as referred to in this article 359? Answer: Any decision made by a corporation may be reversed.  Further, Sch…

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NSW Q&A: Noisy Neighbour, Renovations and Construction Noise

Question: Is there a requirement to notify residents of the commencement date of noisy renovation/repairs to the apartments and common areas? Is there a requirement to notify residents/lot owners of the commencement date of noisy renovation/repairs to the apartments and common areas? Recently we had a neighbour jackhammering with less than a 12-hour notice, and…

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NSW Q&A Section 100: The Power to Borrow Money

Question: At our next EGM we will be voting on whether to take out a Strata Loan to cover remedial works. What procedure is required for acceptance of this Motion?   Answer: A resolution approving the relevant loan has to be passed at a general meeting of the owners corporation. Section 100 of the Strata Schemes…

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NSW Q&A: Proxy Voting Under the Community Land Management Act

Question: Do the changes in the Strata Schemes Management Act limiting the number of proxy votes an individual may hold, also apply under the Community Land Management Act? I live in a Neighbourhood Association and want to be clear as to how many proxy votes an individual may hold under the Community Land Management Act,…

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NSW Q&A: Executive Committee Member Voting

Question: Our Strata is in NSW. Is a member of an Executive Committee eligible to vote on a motion they put forward? I understand the Committee members have a responsibility to make decisions on behalf of all lot owners, not for personal gain. Answer:  You are correct.  Sch 1 Cl 18 of the Strata Schemes Management Act,…

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NSW Q&A: Special Resolution Motion

Question: The Act (section 5(b)) says a special resolution is carried if “not more than 25% of the value of the votes cast are against the resolution”. I would like to confirm that if 4 people (with equal lot entitlements) cast votes with 3 in favour and 1 against, the special resolution motion is lost….

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NSW Q&A: EGM Agenda

Question: I have a question about who determines what is included in an EGM agenda? Can the Strata Manager simply circulate an EGM notice and voting papers without consulting with the entire Strata Committee, or is the SC meant to vote on what is included in the EGM agenda? Answer: Both the delegated secretary (Strata Manager…

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NSW Q&A: Legal Responsibilities of Sub-Committees

Question: Do sub-committees have the same legal responsibilities as Strata Committees under By-Laws and NSW Legislation in terms of issuing agendas and recording (and distributing to lot owners) minutes of meetings. Lot owners here suspect the committee is avoiding discussions with residents and committing to expenditure by declaring that they are meeting as a “sub-committee”….

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NSW Q&A: Spending Limits for Council Owners

Question: In relation to the LookUp Strata article addressing spending limits for items not in the Council of Owners’ budget for Western Australia, do these limits apply in all states or only WA? I am in NSW. Answer: In NSW, the strata committee may be restricted on spending limits or any other matter or type of…

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NSW Q&A: Assistance Animals

Question: I have inherited a unit, that my cousin owned, (she passed in 2018) including her three cats, 1 of which has been there for 10 years, the others 4 years. It’s a unit with courtyard and yes the cats, generally live outside, but tend to stay in the boundaries, cause they are a little…

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NSW Q&A: Strata Court Dispute Over Dog

Question: Due to complaints from one neighbour, our strata is trying to take us to court over our small dog. Other neighbours confirm the dog is fine. Do I have any right to keep the dog and not get taken to court? Our strata is currently trying to take us to court over our small…

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NSW Q&A: Who is Responsible for Exclusive Elevators?

Question: Who is responsible for a home lift totally located within the airspace of a strata unit, not accessible to any other unit owner and used exclusively by the owners/occupants of the residential unit? Is it the Owners Corporation or the Unit Owners? Answer: It is difficult to determine with any precision whether the subject…

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