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

  Question: One lot owner is refusing to pay levies. What is the correct/recommended procedure to pursue debt recovery and in what order should those steps be taken? I am the “Honorary Administrator” of a self-managing strata scheme of four townhouses. We may need to take levy recovery action against one owner who is refusing…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: In NSW strata, how many committee members are needed to agree for the approval of building repairs or works? What is the NSW strata law regarding how many committee members can approve building repairs or works? In our building of eight lots, we have always stood by four committee member approvals as a…

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NSW: Q&A Strata approval for renovations – What is the process?

  Question: Do we need permission to tile over the top of tiles in our townhouse bathroom and laundry? We will not be disturbing the waterproofing or original tiles? Answer: Tiles are hard surface flooring and therefore considered a “minor renovation” under the legislation. If the strata committee has been delegated the power to approve…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: How many committee members need to sign off on the approval for repairs or building maintenance work for NSW strata properties? Our new Strata Manager is approving work quotes when only one or two committee members have OK’d it verbally, without including the other committee members in any correspondence. Answer: Email direction is…

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NSW: Q&A Enforcing By-laws by Issuing Notices to Comply

  Question: A lot owner with a dog causes nuisance to surrounding lots. What can the owners corporation do? Is there a legal way to handle this? We have a problem with a lot owner who owns a dog on our building. The dog is left for long periods unattended causing excessive barking, excrement is…

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Ask Premium Strata – Strata Committee Meetings

Strata Committee Meetings Can a Strata Committee member at a Committee meeting ( not an Owners Corp meeting) have another committee member act as their proxy if they know they be absent from that meeting? Answer: Not as a “proxy” per se, but effectively, yes, with the consent of the strata committee, as per the section…

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NSW: Q&A When are Pecuniary Interest Disclosures Required?

  Question: If a committee member submits a motion they have a vested interest in, shouldn’t they abstain from voting? Should the strata manager enforce this? Regarding the issue of a Strata Committee Member proposing a motion to the Strata Committee that they have a vested interest in, which constitutes a breach of conflict of…

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

  Question: Can approval be granted for lot owner renovation – with a condition that works are NOT to commence before a certain date? A lot owner has made a application for a bathroom renovation with By-law included etc. At the upcoming AGM, can approval for the renovation be granted with a condition that works…

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NSW: Q&A Quorum Requirements for the AGM

  Question: Our Strata committee has 6 members. Can any 3 strata members form a quorum without communicating with the other strata members? Our Strata committee has six members. I am told a quorum is three members. Do the six strata members have to be notified before a meeting or decision is to be discussed or…

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NSW: Q&A Proxies, Voting & Quorum Requirements for the AGM

  Question: Can a vote on a decision be raised after a decision and expense has occurred? Under what circumstances does a decision require a special resolution? And who decides a special resolution is appropriate? Answer: Once an expense has been incurred and paid for it is difficult to reverse Once an expense has been…

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NSW: Q&A Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Can a husband and wife both hold positions on a strata committee? Answer: Provided the rules on nominations were strictly observed at the time of their appointment, there is no restriction on a husband and wife both being on the strata committee. For the full question and our detailed response, visit the original…

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NSW: Q&A Common Property Defects and Reimbursement for Repairs

  Question: I’m renovating my unit’s flooring. The flooring has magnesite and needs to be repaired by the Owners Corporations first. Should they draft the bylaw for the renovation? I am renovating my entire Unit’s Flooring. The Strata Committee is requesting that prior to doing any flooring renovations, the magnesite needs to be completely removed…

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NSW: Q&A Can I Keep Pets in a Strata Building?

  Question: Are bylaws allowed to specifically prohibit ownership of dogs whilst cats and other animals are subject to approval? The bylaws in my building require pets (except for fish) to be approved by the strata committee. However there is a specific clause which prohibits dogs (with the exception of guidance & hearing assistance dogs)….

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