NSW: Q&A Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Is the chairperson elected before each meeting? Answer: If you haven’t elected a chairperson, secretary and treasurer, to remain in office for the term of their appointment, you can elect a chairperson for each meeting. At a general meeting, you elect your strata committee, but you don’t elect the office bearers position. This…

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Masks are now Mandatory in Shared Indoor Areas

  All persons must wear masks on the common property and other shared areas from Tuesday the 13th of July 2021 This requirement applies to the Greater Sydney Area Shared property includes Lobbies Foyers Lifts Shared walkways Garbage rooms Garage areas Reception areas Mailbox areas Stairwells Shared facilities such as laundries, gyms and swimming pools The requirement…

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NSW: Q&A Spending Limits & Unapproved Fees

  Question: Our owners corporation is part of a BMC. Is it regulation that the financial and annual budget of the BMC be presented to the strata committee or owners and approved at a committee meeting before the owners corporation AGM? I am an owner in an owners corporation that has shared facilities (BMC) with…

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NSW: Q&A Accessing Strata and Owners Corporation Information

  Question: Is there a code of conduct for owners corporations in NSW. I am especially interested in privacy regarding matters between the owners corporation and the owners. Answer: Strata Community Australia has a Code of Ethics, see link below: Strata Community Australia has a Code of Ethics: Code of Conduct – Strata Community Association The…

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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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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: What is the decision making process for changing light fittings in common areas? I thought these changes need to go to a general meeting and that they require a special resolution. Am I correct? My question is about the decision making process of the strata committee. Our strata committee decided to change the…

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NSW: Q&A Special Levies, Levy Payments and Overdue Levies

  Question: When recovering late levy payments, can the Owners Corporation recover the costs of using a lawyer/debt collector from the recalcitrant owner? In a previous response you mentioned that when recovering late levy payments, the fourth letter of Demand should be “by lawyer/debt collector”. Who is preferred in the first instance, a lawyer or…

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NSW: Q&A Special Levies, Levy Payments and Overdue Levies

  Question: One lot owner is refusing to pay levies. What is the correct/recommended procedure to pursue debt recovery and in what order should those steps be taken? I am the “Honorary Administrator” of a self-managing strata scheme of four townhouses. We may need to take levy recovery action against one owner who is refusing…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: In NSW strata, how many committee members are needed to agree for the approval of building repairs or works? What is the NSW strata law regarding how many committee members can approve building repairs or works? In our building of eight lots, we have always stood by four committee member approvals as a…

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NSW: Q&A Special Levies, Levy Payments and Overdue Levies

  Question: We did not receive a levy invoice or a notice of arrears. The next period notice invoice for levies, strata is charging interest and there is a notice of arrears fee. Do we have to pay the arrears notice fee and interest if we never received the invoice? Answer: It depends whether you…

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NSW: Q&A Can You Use Your Garage for Apartment Storage?

  Question: A lot owner in our 5 lot NSW strata building is using the garage to store carpets for their business. What impact would this have on fire safety and strata insurance? Answer: You should contact your local council and make further enquiries there, as they have powers to stop the business being carried…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: How many committee members need to sign off on the approval for repairs or building maintenance work for NSW strata properties? Our new Strata Manager is approving work quotes when only one or two committee members have OK’d it verbally, without including the other committee members in any correspondence. Answer: Email direction is…

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NSW: Q&A Selling a Parking Spot in Strata Apartments

  Question: A lot owner wishes to sell one of their parking spots to me. What are the procedure, pit falls, legalities involved in starting this sale process? Is it possible? I am an owner with a two bedroom unit and one car spot. A neighbouring lot owner wishes to sell one of their parking…

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