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 another…

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

Question: How can I stop the never-ending nightmare of raising special strata levies? We purchased a unit in April 2018 with special levies meant to finish in June 2020. The strata have continued to raise special levies and the quote agreed on in 2016 (apparently) has more than doubled. I want this money back. I…

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

  Question: I’m renting a unit in Brighton-Le-Sands, southern Sydney and I have a double garage. Can I use the garage for DIY projects rather than for parking of vehicles? Answer: Seek strata permission through your strata manager or your strata committee. It is advisable to seek strata permission through your strata manager (if you…

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NSW: Q&A Noisy Neighbour, Renovations and Construction Noise

  Question: I’m a healthcare shift worker. My downstairs neighbours says I can’t shower after 9pm. What are my rights here? I am renting an apartment. The woman below me is quite noise sensitive and isn’t the type of person I want to upset. However, I am a healthcare worker and do shift work. My…

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Latest Strata Developments for New South Wales

  The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Act, 2021 No 1 (NSW) (the “Amendment Act”) has introduced important amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW)(the “Act”). Keeping of animals You may have seen the media coverage of the landmark NSW Court of Appeal decision in Cooper v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 58068 [2020] NSWCA 250 (“Cooper”) which…

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NSW: Q&A Which ByLaws Apply to Our Strata Scheme?

Question:Can an existing Special ByLaw be amended without the legal cost of being re-written by a strata lawyer? Can an existing Special ByLaw be amended without the legal cost of being re-written by a strata lawyer. This bylaw outlines permission and the terms and conditions for owners to install ducted split air conditioning systems, roof…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

Question: How do we force a decision in a 4 unit, self-managed complex? There are always 2 for and 2 against. Strata is a democracy and it comes back down to a vote. Generally a four lot scheme can create more work than a 400 lot scheme because of that one reason where you just…

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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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NSW: Q&A The Right to Access Your Strata Lot

  Question: My allocated parking spot has a tree in front if it which makes accessing the spot especially challenging. What can I do? I am currently renting a strata unit with an allocated parking spot. My allocated parking spot has a tree in front if it which makes entering and exiting the spot especially…

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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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