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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NSW: Q&A Strata Management Quotes and Appointments

  Question: We wish to change strata managers. What is the procedure regarding the Strata Management company during this process? Do they have a vote? Can they vote against the change? Answer: Care must be exercised to comply with the terms of the contract appointing the current Strata Management Company and with the strata legislation….

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NSW: Q&A Common Property Defects and Reimbursement for Repairs

  Question: I’m renovating my unit’s flooring. The flooring has magnesite and needs to be repaired by the Owners Corporations first. Should they draft the bylaw for the renovation? I am renovating my entire Unit’s Flooring. The Strata Committee is requesting that prior to doing any flooring renovations, the magnesite needs to be completely removed…

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NSW: Q&A Water damage on my ceiling from the apartment upstairs

  Question: The apartment upstairs had some water leakages which has damaged my apartment. Am I responsible for repairs to the damage inside my unit? I own an apartment in NSW which is tenanted and agent managed. The apartment upstairs had some water leakages which has damaged both the duct connecting the floors as well…

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Can parking in your own car space be considered a nuisance?

In a recent decision of The Owners Strata Plan No 2245 v Veney [2020] NSWSC 134 (Veney Case), the Supreme Court of NSW was asked to consider: whether they could make a declaration implying an additional term into an exclusive use by-law, being a by-law which gave the relevant owner the exclusive use of a common property car…

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