New Combustible Cladding Laws Introduced after Government Crack Down

New Combustible Cladding Laws Introduced On the 22nd October 2018, new laws commence. These laws are the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2018 and State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Exempt Development – Cladding and Decorative Work) 2018. Owners of certain buildings with external combustible cladding will now be required to register…

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NSW: Q&A Noisy Neighbour Replaced Carpet with Noisy Vinyl

  Question: A noisy neighbour has replaced carpet with vinyl boards. This renovation was done without owners corporation approval. The increased noise transference permitted through the new vinyl flooring is unacceptable to neighbours who have complained accordingly. Answer: The Owners Corporation would need to show their reasonableness in refusing the floorboards for the benefit of…

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Q&A: Air-conditioning maintenance – who is responsible?

A LookUpStrata reader wanted to know who is responsible for maintaining an individual unit’s ducted air conditioning systems when their main components are located outside the Lot’s boundaries. The short answer is: it depends. The test for determining whose responsibility repair & maintenance befalls is whether or not there is an exclusive use by-law registered. You can…

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Q&A: Who’s responsible for retaining wall?

We provided a response to another LookUpStrata readers question. The reader wanted to know who is responsible for the repair of a retaining wall in the back yard of a strata-titled town house. Generally retaining walls are common property; however, this can vary from building to building. The strata plan will generally depict the boundaries of lot…

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10 Signs your unit was a good investment

The Domain has written a nice article summarising 10 proof points confirming that you purchased a strata unit in a good block: The entrance hallway or foyer should be clean, bright and welcoming. The lifts should be clean and graffiti free. Neighbours greet each other with a smile Social activities are organised in your block,…

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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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Are low strata levies always a good thing?

In a previous article we wrote, titled Strata Fees, Strata Levies, Management Fees. What’s the difference?, we explained that the amount you pay in strata levies are typically dependent on three factors: the location and quality of your building and the facilities offered. Levies can be kept artificially low in a number of ways. For example,…

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