NSW: Q&A Who sets the agenda, Explanatory notes

Question: Do the strata committee get a copy of the AGM agenda first, or do all owners get the agenda at the same time? If the committee get it first, does it put others at a disadvantage? Answer: There is no formal requirement that the AGM agenda must be given to the strata committee first….

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: During closed-door meetings, the committee vote on each agenda item frequently without costings or reasons for decisions. As an owner, what can I do? The chair of the Strata committee enforces the ‘owners cannot interrupt’ rule. All decisions are made behind closed doors before the formal Strata Committee meeting. These closed-door meetings result…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: In the AGM last year, we all voted to have a defibrillator. The chairman and secretary voted against it and in every meeting since have decided to ask a lawyer their legal rights and are digging their heels in. Can they do this? Answer: It may be that the strata committee is seeking…

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NSW: Q&A Duty to Maintain and Repair Common Property

  Question: Who is responsible for a broken window in a strata unit? Who is responsible for a broken window in a strata unit? Who should be invoiced – the tenant (occupying at the time the glass broke), the owners, or the Owners Corporation? I have read the Fair Trading Common Property Memorandum but under 9 Windows…

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NSW: Q&A Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Our secretary takes full control at meetings, will not let anyone make any comments or ask any questions. We all feel very bullied by this person. What can we do? At our monthly Owners Corporation meetings, although the whole committee including the chairperson attended, the meeting was run by our overbearing secretary. We…

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NSW: Q&A Spending Limits & Unapproved Fees

Question: Our owners corporation is part of a BMC. Is it regulation that the financial and annual budget of the BMC be presented to the strata committee or owners and approved at a committee meeting before the owners corporation AGM? I am an owner in an owners corporation that has shared facilities (BMC) with another…

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NSW: Q&A Proxies and Voting Rules for Owners Corporation Meetings

Question: Can Owners Corporation members use their unit entitlements when calling a poll vote to form a strata committee? Answer: In some circumstances, the motion can be decided according to the value of unit entitlements voting for or against. In short, yes. Generally, a motion put to a meeting, or an election of officers of…

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NSW: Q&A Special Levies, Levy Payments and Overdue Levies

Question: How can I stop the never-ending nightmare of raising special strata levies? We purchased a unit in April 2018 with special levies meant to finish in June 2020. The strata have continued to raise special levies and the quote agreed on in 2016 (apparently) has more than doubled. I want this money back. I…

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NSW: Q&A Can You Use Your Garage for Apartment Storage?

  Question: I’m renting a unit in Brighton-Le-Sands, southern Sydney and I have a double garage. Can I use the garage for DIY projects rather than for parking of vehicles? Answer: Seek strata permission through your strata manager or your strata committee. It is advisable to seek strata permission through your strata manager (if you…

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NSW: Q&A Noisy Neighbour, Renovations and Construction Noise

  Question: I’m a healthcare shift worker. My downstairs neighbours says I can’t shower after 9pm. What are my rights here? I am renting an apartment. The woman below me is quite noise sensitive and isn’t the type of person I want to upset. However, I am a healthcare worker and do shift work. My…

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