Q&A Overcrowding and Number of Occupants in NSW Apartments

Question: If an apartment is tenanted, how many occupants are allowed in a 2 bedroom unit? I suspect overcrowding in the apartment next door to ours. Answer: You would need a by-law which stipulates occupancy limits. Subject to anything contained in the development approval for the building, you would need a by-law which stipulates occupancy limits and…

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NSW: Q&A Can A Strata Bylaw Set a Size Limit for Dogs?

  Question: My Owners Corporation has a bylaw setting a size limit for dogs in our building. Is this reasonable? How can I know how big my puppy will get? Answer: There are all types of pets by-laws including those with weight restrictions. There are all types of pets by-laws including those with weight restrictions – we…

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NSW: Q&A The First AGM, Building Defects and the Statutory Warranty

Question: What should lot owner’s know at the First AGM regarding building defects? Do we need to know about enforcing statutory warranties? Answer: The owners corporation needs to enforce the statutory warranties – depending on the contract date for the works. The system is based on self- help. The owners corporation needs to enforce the statutory warranties…

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Ask Premium Strata: Faulty Waterproofing

Faulty Waterproofing I live in a unit complex in Sydney and there are 76 units. My strata contracted (& paid for) a company to come fix my faulty waterproofing on my balcony. In order to access the faulty waterproofing, the company had to remove/lift the wooden deck on the balcony. During the process of repairing the faulty…

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NSW: Repeated Breaches – The Washings on the Balcony!

Question: What action can the Strata Committee take to impose compliance for breaches? A lot owner is amplifying her non-compliance in response to being advised to cease her hanging of washing on the balcony practices. Answer: Issue a notice to comply with the washing on the balcony bylaw and then pursue the matter through NCAT….

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Strata building bond and inspections scheme

THE SCHEME The strata building bond and inspections scheme began on 1 January 2018. It applies to building contracts executed from this date – or where there is no written contract – building work that commences from this date, to construct residential or partially-residential strata properties that are four or more storeys. Buildings that are…

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NSW Q&A: Strata Dispute Resolution: When the OC Breaches NCAT Orders

  Question: During the strata dispute resolution process, if an Owners Corporation breaches court orders, what recourse does the owner have? Answer: The failure by the owners corporation to comply with the NCAT Orders could be the basis upon which to seek the compulsory appointment of a strata manager. The failure by the owners corporation…

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Ask Premium Strata – Centreline Rule

Centreline Rule Question: I have been reading up on your weekly posts regarding the ‘Centreline Rule’ for Strata Plans registered before 1974. I read that Bannermans Lawyers response was that the boundary between lots applies to walls, floors and ceilings etc. Do you agree? What’s your opinion, does it applies to floors? Answer: Great to hear…

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NSW: Q&A Fined for not using the visitor parking spaces

  Question: I was fined for not parking in a visitor parking space at my girlfriend’s apartment. They are pursuing her for the money. Is this parking fine from the owners corporation valid? Answer: Only NCAT has jurisdiction to issue “fines” or “penalties” in this context. Therefore, it is highly unlikely this fine could be enforced. Only…

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Changes to the “Postal Rule”

The “postal” rule which used to provide that a document served by post was deemed served on the fourth (4th) working day, has been amended to now provide that a document is deemed served on the seventh (7th) working day after the day of postage. This amendment was effected by Schedule 1.18 of the Justice…

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NSW: Repeated Breaches – The Washings on the Line!

  Question: What action can the Strata Committee take to impose compliance for breaches? A lot owner is amplifying her non-compliance in response to being advised to cease her laundry drying practices. Answer: Issue a notice to comply and then pursue the matter through NCAT. The owner is clearly in breach of the by-law, so…

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NSW: Q&A Can We Avoid Strata Manager Insurance Commissions?

  Question: Our building insurance is due mid 2019. Is the Owners Corporation able to renew this themselves or must it go through the Strata Management Company? We would prefer not to pay our Strata Manager insurance commissions. Answer: You need to check what your contract states with regard to strata manager insurance commissions. If…

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NSW: Q&A Can I Put a Sign Up On My Apartment?

  Question: Can I have a political sign displayed on my apartment? I own the apartment. Does this rule also apply for ‘For Sale’ signs on apartments? Answer: Some buildings have specific signage by-laws prohibiting any signage whatsoever, with an approval process even in case of real estate ‘For Sale’ signage. Yes, buildings can restrict…

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