Finalised Framework for Short-Term Rental Accommodation

  Following extensive consultation with the community and holiday-letting industry, the Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) framework has been finalised. The new regulatory framework seeks to ensure local communities continue to enjoy the economic benefits of STRA, while managing potential adverse impacts. Importantly, the new STRA policy includes a deferred commencement clause and consultation is ongoing…

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NSW: Ask Us Anything Strata Webinar featuring our CEO Leanne Habib

  On Wednesday June 8 Leanne Habib founder of Premium Strata joined Nikki Jovicic from LookUpStrata to talk about the NSW rollback of amendments and answered owners NSW Strata questions. During the session, Leanne addressing the rollback of COVID-19 strata amendments in NSW which, among other things, relaxed the manner in which to vote at meetings (eg electronic voting is no longer automatically permissible)…

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Ask Premium Strata – Strata Committee Meetings

Strata Committee Meetings Can a Strata Committee member at a Committee meeting ( not an Owners Corp meeting) have another committee member act as their proxy if they know they be absent from that meeting? Answer: Not as a “proxy” per se, but effectively, yes, with the consent of the strata committee, as per the section…

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Ask Premium Strata – Visitors Car Parking

Visitors Car Parking I am one of the committee member for building with 65 apartment units. Our strata manager has informed us that we can convert our visitor carpark into a unit car space without having to comply with our development consent. At the moment We are complying with the minimum 13 visitor car parks…

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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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