NSW Q&A: EGM Agenda

Question: I have a question about who determines what is included in an EGM agenda? Can the Strata Manager simply circulate an EGM notice and voting papers without consulting with the entire Strata Committee, or is the SC meant to vote on what is included in the EGM agenda? Answer: Both the delegated secretary (Strata Manager…

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NSW Q&A: Legal Responsibilities of Sub-Committees

Question: Do sub-committees have the same legal responsibilities as Strata Committees under By-Laws and NSW Legislation in terms of issuing agendas and recording (and distributing to lot owners) minutes of meetings. Lot owners here suspect the committee is avoiding discussions with residents and committing to expenditure by declaring that they are meeting as a “sub-committee”….

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NSW Q&A: Spending Limits for Council Owners

Question: In relation to the LookUp Strata article addressing spending limits for items not in the Council of Owners’ budget for Western Australia, do these limits apply in all states or only WA? I am in NSW. Answer: In NSW, the strata committee may be restricted on spending limits or any other matter or type of…

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Can parking in your own car space be considered a nuisance?

In a recent decision of The Owners Strata Plan No 2245 v Veney [2020] NSWSC 134 (Veney Case), the Supreme Court of NSW was asked to consider: whether they could make a declaration implying an additional term into an exclusive use by-law, being a by-law which gave the relevant owner the exclusive use of a common property car…

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NSW: Q&A Can We Store our Bicycle on the Ceiling of the Balcony?

Question: Can you hang your bicycle from the ceiling of the balcony in a strata apartment? We have nowhere else to store the bike. Answer: You should check your by-laws in case there is a “storage” or “balcony” by-law which might prohibit such storage. Not without the permission of the Owners Corporation because hanging things…

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NSW: Q&A Proxy Votes & Quorum Requirements for Annual General Meeting

  Lot owners from NSW have questions about dealing with proxy votes and the quorum requirements for annual general meetings. Leanne Habib, Premium Strata provides the following responses. According to Strata Community Association (NSW), here is the definition of: Proxy Voting: An owner who is unable to attend a meeting may authorise (give their proxy) to another person…

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NSW: Q&A Disabled Parking in Apartments

  Question: We purchased an Off-the-plan apartment and at the prepurchase inspection found our parking spot is the disabled parking space. Can they do this? Answer: You may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit. It would appear you may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit which is designed in…

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Rain Water Tanks and your Strata Scheme

  Last month was the warmest January on record globally, with Australia experiencing sweltering temperatures of 40ºC plus and smoke haze for days on end. In the past week we have had the wettest February in years with some suburbs receiving in excess of 150mm in a 24 hour period. Your Strata Scheme may look…

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NSW: Q&A If Executive Committee isn’t Acting Appropriately

  Question: Our strata executive committee has been taken over by a group of lot owners who make decisions in their favour and no longer enforce bylaws. They don’t communicate with the rest of the committee. What do we do? Answer: Stand united at the next AGM and gather a proxy each and vote the current…

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NSW: Q&A Strata approval for renovations – What is the process and how do we start?

Question: I’m concerned about the correct process of strata approval for renovations in our scheme. Renovations involving waterproofing isn’t being considered a major work under the new legislation, and therefore not being considered by the Owners Corporation as a special resolution. I’m a member of a Strata Committee in an apartment complex which was registered…

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NSW: Q&A Can’t Get Access from Neighbour to Install NBN

  Question: The owner of my neighbouring unit refuses to allow access to his roof space so I can install NBN to my apartment. Can he be forced to allow access? Answer: The NBN technician will know what statutory rights. The NBN technician will know what statutory rights to access he has for his carrier…

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