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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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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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 Can We Store our Bicycle on the Ceiling of the Balcony?

Question: Can you hang your bicycle from the ceiling of the balcony in a strata apartment? We have nowhere else to store the bike. Answer: You should check your by-laws in case there is a “storage” or “balcony” by-law which might prohibit such storage. Not without the permission of the Owners Corporation because hanging things…

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NSW: Q&A Smoke Drift From Neighbour Who Smokes Outside

Question: How do we handle the other duplex lot owners who smoke outside their lot. Smoke drifts over the dividing fence and into my aging father’s lot. We are looking for information about how to handle the other lot owners who smoke in the back yard of their duplex. The smoke drifts over the dividing…

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Latest AirBnB News

A quick reminder about the AirBnB changes to the strata legislation which commenced on 10 April 2020 and the new smoke alarm requirements which commenced 23 March 2020. New Smoke Alarm requirements for landlords and agents From 23 March 2020, NSW landlords and agents are required to ensure that smoke alarms installed in rental premises…

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NSW: Q&A Submitting Renovation ByLaws for Review

Question: We’ve never received approval for an air conditioner. We’ve recently been told to move the exterior unit as it is not keeping with the appearance of the lot. We own a strata unit in NSW and back in 2017 we installed an air conditioner with the outside unit mounted high on the balcony and…

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NSW: Q&A How To Deal With the Noisy Tenants In The Apartment Above

Question: I’d like the noisy tenants in the apartment above me to be aware of the disturbance they are creating and the lot owner to change the flooring and comply with sound proofing requirements. Is this achievable? The lot owner upstairs changed their flooring from carpet to timber floor without approval from strata. Since then,…

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NSW: Q&A How to Regulate Taxis on Common Property

Question: We get up to 4 taxis a day in the complex. The taxis blow their horn, park on common property and block the driveway. How can we control this? I own a townhouse in a complex. What can we do about taxis on common property areas like driveways? We get up to 4 taxis…

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NSW: Q&A Duties of Strata Treasurer. Is there a job description?

Question: Our Strata Treasurer holds a Petty Cash amount which we understand has been spent. We have asked for receipts but he has declined to table a reconciliation. What action can we take? I have a question relation to NSW Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 Section 93 The financial statements for any other fund must specify…

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Q&A: Enforcing By-laws by Issuing Notices to Comply

Question: Can one member of Body Corporate Committee send their own breach of bylaw letter to an owner without contacting other members of the Body Corporate to discuss? What is the process and procedures for the Body Corporate Committee when contacting an owner regarding a breach of the bylaws? Can one member of Body Corporate…

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Q&A: Noise from floor of unit above

  Question: I have a problem with the neighbours upstairs. I hear every footstep as their dining room is directly above me. They have parquetry flooring and no rugs or other floor coverings in their living areas. Visitors to my apartment agree the noise is unbearable. I do not have a good relationship with these…

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NSW: Q&A Disabled Parking in Apartments

  Question: We purchased an Off-the-plan apartment and at the prepurchase inspection found our parking spot is the disabled parking space. Can they do this? Answer: You may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit. It would appear you may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit which is designed in…

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