Ask Premium Strata – Intercom Systems

Intercom Systems Question: Hi Leanne, I’m a regular reader of your weekly Strata News and I had a query for you: Does the Owners Corporation have an obligation to provide an Intercom system for the building that it supervises?  Answer: We are pleased to hear that  you are regular reader of our articles! While there is…

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Ask Premium Strata – Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation Question: One of the lot owners in our strata complex requires a major bathroom renovation and is expecting the owners to pay for it – is this correct? Answer: It depends on why the owner requires a major bathroom renovation. Presumably, it is because there is some defect in the common property slab…

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Ask Premium Strata – Owners Corp & Animals

  Owners Corporation & Animals Question: I was under the impression that there was legislation that said an Owner Corporation could not make laws to prohibit animals on any lot. However, it is important to have rules around common property and other sensible rules around owner and pet behaviour Could you please advise? Answer: An Owners…

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Your guide to Pets in NSW Strata

Despite the highly anticipated “pet-friendly” amendments to the new strata legislation, animals are still not automatically permitted in strata schemes unless they are assistance animal as referred to in section 9 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth. So, you have a statutory right to keep an assistance animal within strata. However, if your animal is…

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How do new strata laws impact DIY renovators?

We covered this in an earlier article on the imminent strata law changes. however we thought this article was worthwhile sharing. In this article, Jimmy Thomson from the Flat Chat column in the Domain explains how DIY renovators need to be mindful that many activities will need prior approval by the strata committee before commencement of…

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Q&A: Neighbours cigarette butts – what can I do?

Leanne has provided a response to a reader’s question received by LookUpStrata. The reader has residents of higher apartments who overlook her balcony, dump waste and cigarettes butts over their balustrades, which end up in her outdoor area. Naturally, the reader wanted to understand what can be done. You can read the full question, and Leanne’s response…

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Q&A: Common Property Plant Theft

A Look Up Strata reader asked what can be done about theft of plants from common property gardens in strata buildings. Without knowing the perpetrator it is difficult to pursue action, however there are a number of steps an owners corporation can take. Read Leanne’s response in the original article by clicking here.

Q&A: Who is responsible for floorboards in a unit?

Our CEO, Leanne Habib, provided a response to a LookUpStrata reader’s question regarding sanding and polishing floorboards. In short the answer is ‘it depends’. If the flooring was installed at the time of construction, has not been altered since by an individual owner(s) and is affixed to the common property floor slab within your lot,…

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