NSW Building Industry Springs into New Beginnings

  Strata is thriving this Spring! The NSW Government along with David Chandler and the Office of the Building Commissioner are steaming ahead in cementing NSW as a Building Industry powerhouse. With the recent building industry failings and development oversights that have come to light in NSW the OBC has been granted new powers. As…

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Beirut needs your help!

  It has been one week since the horrific explosion in Beirut that sent shock waves throughout the world. The explosion killed at least 200 people, thousands injured and hundreds still missing. Some 80,000 children have been displaced with families affected in desperate need of support. Premium Strata has donated to the Red Cross and…

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July 2020 Changes to Strata Schemes – What you Need to Know

  Rectification of building defects amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW) (“SSMA”) commenced on 1st July 2020 pursuant to the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defects Scheme) Act, 2018 (NSW).  These are welcome new laws which increase the rights of owners corporations to make claims against builders, developers and others to have…

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NSW Q&A: Executive Committee Member Voting

Question: Our Strata is in NSW. Is a member of an Executive Committee eligible to vote on a motion they put forward? I understand the Committee members have a responsibility to make decisions on behalf of all lot owners, not for personal gain. Answer:  You are correct.  Sch 1 Cl 18 of the Strata Schemes Management Act,…

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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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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: Strata Court Dispute Over Dog

Question: Due to complaints from one neighbour, our strata is trying to take us to court over our small dog. Other neighbours confirm the dog is fine. Do I have any right to keep the dog and not get taken to court? Our strata is currently trying to take us to court over our small…

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NSW: Q&A Smoke Drift From Neighbour Who Smokes Outside

Question: How do we handle the other duplex lot owners who smoke outside their lot. Smoke drifts over the dividing fence and into my aging father’s lot. We are looking for information about how to handle the other lot owners who smoke in the back yard of their duplex. The smoke drifts over the dividing…

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Latest AirBnB News

A quick reminder about the AirBnB changes to the strata legislation which commenced on 10 April 2020 and the new smoke alarm requirements which commenced 23 March 2020. New Smoke Alarm requirements for landlords and agents From 23 March 2020, NSW landlords and agents are required to ensure that smoke alarms installed in rental premises…

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NSW: Q&A Submitting Renovation ByLaws for Review

Question: We’ve never received approval for an air conditioner. We’ve recently been told to move the exterior unit as it is not keeping with the appearance of the lot. We own a strata unit in NSW and back in 2017 we installed an air conditioner with the outside unit mounted high on the balcony and…

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NSW: Q&A Can You Run a Business from Your Apartment Garage?

Question: A tenant is setting up a physiotherapy business in their garage. Could you please tell us what procedures are required for a resident to run a business from their apartment garage? One of the tenants in our building has decided to set up a business in her Unit’s garage. They are in the process…

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NSW: Q&A How To Deal With the Noisy Tenants In The Apartment Above

Question: I’d like the noisy tenants in the apartment above me to be aware of the disturbance they are creating and the lot owner to change the flooring and comply with sound proofing requirements. Is this achievable? The lot owner upstairs changed their flooring from carpet to timber floor without approval from strata. Since then,…

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NSW: Q&A How to Regulate Taxis on Common Property

Question: We get up to 4 taxis a day in the complex. The taxis blow their horn, park on common property and block the driveway. How can we control this? I own a townhouse in a complex. What can we do about taxis on common property areas like driveways? We get up to 4 taxis…

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NSW: Q&A Duties of Strata Treasurer. Is there a job description?

Question: Our Strata Treasurer holds a Petty Cash amount which we understand has been spent. We have asked for receipts but he has declined to table a reconciliation. What action can we take? I have a question relation to NSW Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 Section 93 The financial statements for any other fund must specify…

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