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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NSW: Q&A Duty to Maintain and Repair Common Property

  Question: Our sinking fund has run out of money and we need a lot of repairs and maintenance done to common property. the window paint has all peeled off and in some cases starting to rot, lintels are rusting, there is a very large common area window that needs to be replaced (totally rusted)…

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NSW: Q&A Where are my common property boundaries?

  Question: One of our lot’s water meter leaked resulting in an excess water bill. Is the affected unit entitled to claim the excess water charges from our Owners Corporation? One of our lot’s water meter leaked resulting in an excess water bill. After a report from a plumber, the insurance company has stated it…

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NSW Government Defects Rectification Guide has been launched

  The new defects rectification guide has been launched in NSW. The NSW Government has written a step by step guide which helps Strata Managers and property owners with identifying and then rectifying defects in apartment buildings in a seamless process. This is a first of its kind for government and it enables the government…

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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 Capital Works Fund – What Do We Need To Do Now?

  Question: Does the Owners Corporation have to pay sufficient money from levies into the Capital Works Fund? I have just discovered no money has been paid into the Capital Works Fund where I live for the last 3 years. Around 240 people live in the building. Answer: Yes, the Owners Corporation must pay funds…

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NSW: Q&A When are Pecuniary Interest Disclosures Required?

  Question: If a committee member submits a motion they have a vested interest in, shouldn’t they abstain from voting? Should the strata manager enforce this? Regarding the issue of a Strata Committee Member proposing a motion to the Strata Committee that they have a vested interest in, which constitutes a breach of conflict of…

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NSW: Q&A Strata Management Quotes and Appointments

  Question: If you are not adequately satisfied with the performance of your strata manager, can’t you just swap them for a new one? If you are not adequately satisfied with the performance of your strata manager, then instead of prolonging the agony, it’s best to just give them the heave-ho and replace them with…

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NSW Building Industry Springs into New Beginnings

  Strata is thriving this Spring! The NSW Government along with David Chandler and the Office of the Building Commissioner are steaming ahead in cementing NSW as a Building Industry powerhouse. With the recent building industry failings and development oversights that have come to light in NSW the OBC has been granted new powers. As…

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NSW: Q&A Where are my common property boundaries?

  Question: Who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of outdoor lights on each of the townhouse walls in both front and back yard? These external lights were installed when the townhouses were originally built. Answer: The exterior lights would likely be your responsibility. While we have not seen your by-laws or notations on…

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NSW: Q&A Proxies, Voting & Quorum Requirements for the AGM

  Question: Can a vote on a decision be raised after a decision and expense has occurred? Under what circumstances does a decision require a special resolution? And who decides a special resolution is appropriate? Answer: Once an expense has been incurred and paid for it is difficult to reverse Once an expense has been…

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