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 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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Latest Strata Developments for New South Wales

  The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Act, 2021 No 1 (NSW) (the “Amendment Act”) has introduced important amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW)(the “Act”). Keeping of animals You may have seen the media coverage of the landmark NSW Court of Appeal decision in Cooper v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 58068 [2020] NSWCA 250 (“Cooper”) which…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

Question: How do we force a decision in a 4 unit, self-managed complex? There are always 2 for and 2 against. Strata is a democracy and it comes back down to a vote. Generally a four lot scheme can create more work than a 400 lot scheme because of that one reason where you just…

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NSW: Q&A Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Is the chairperson elected before each meeting? Answer: If you haven’t elected a chairperson, secretary and treasurer, to remain in office for the term of their appointment, you can elect a chairperson for each meeting. At a general meeting, you elect your strata committee, but you don’t elect the office bearers position. This…

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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…

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NSW: Q&A Accessing Strata and Owners Corporation Information

  Question: As an owner do I have the right to approach committee members for information about current issues and does the committee member have the right to share that information? Answer: You have automatic rights to be apprised of all current issues affecting your scheme. While an open relationship with the strata committee is…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: What is the decision making process for changing light fittings in common areas? I thought these changes need to go to a general meeting and that they require a special resolution. Am I correct? My question is about the decision making process of the strata committee. Our strata committee decided to change the…

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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 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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