NSW Strata Law Reform Update

The state government is going ahead with its strata law reform. This article covers some of the proposed changes. The draft Strata Schemes Management and Strata Schemes Development Bills, available on fairtrading.nsw.gov.au, will be open for feedback until 12 August. Final bills will be introduced to Parliament later this year.  

Update: NSW strata law reforms delayed again

Representatives of strata managers (SCA-NSW), the Real Estate Institute, strata owners (Owners Corporation Network) and developers (Urban Taskforce and Property Council of Australia) have met with the new NSW Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello. The proposed reforms that were originally due to come into force in July last year, have now been delayed again. It is likely…

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Annual fire inspections, what to watch out for

Building owners will be familiar with the legal requirement to lodge a fire safety statement with the local council and fire brigade every year. The process usually involves a fire services contractor attending the building, inspecting and testing fire safety measures and certifying they are compliant or recommending work to make them compliant, and once…

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Update on new NSW Home Building Amendment Act

The NSW Department of Fair Trading announced that the NSW Home Building Amendment Act and Regulations will commence in two stages. Most changes commence on 15 January 2015. Further amendments concerning contract requirements will commence on 1 March 2015. For details on which changes are implemented, and when these will be implemented, please hit this link from the DFT.  

Four weeks left to make building defects claims

You may be aware of the imminent changes to NSW Strata Legislation. As of 1 December 2014 the new strata laws will come into effect. Especially owners in buildings between 2 and 6 years old with building defect issues are recommended to speak to a strata lawyer quickly. The new laws will apply retrospectively, and will…

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NSW Strata Reform Position Paper Released

You may be aware that the NSW Government is proposing sweeping changes to the existing Strata Laws. The State Government has now released a so-called position-paper in which they outline their proposed changes. This law reform is aimed at protecting residents and at the same time simplify certain processes. This becomes increasingly important in NSW…

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