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: Assistance Animals

Question: I have inherited a unit, that my cousin owned, (she passed in 2018) including her three cats, 1 of which has been there for 10 years, the others 4 years. It’s a unit with courtyard and yes the cats, generally live outside, but tend to stay in the boundaries, cause they are a little…

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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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New Short-term Airbnb Letting Laws

New AirBnB laws come into effect Friday 10th April 2020 by way of the insertion of a new clause 137A into the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW). Essentially: A by-law may only prohibit a lot from being used for short-term rental accommodation if the relevant lot is not the principal place of residence of…

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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: Can I Keep Pets in a Strata Building?

  Despite the much anticipated “pet-friendly” amendments to the new strata legislation, animals are still not automatically permitted in strata schemes even if they are kept wholly within the boundaries of an individual’s apartment. To determine what the keeping of animals position and pet rules for strata is in relation to any particular scheme you must…

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

Question: Can one member of Body Corporate Committee send their own breach of bylaw letter to an owner without contacting other members of the Body Corporate to discuss? What is the process and procedures for the Body Corporate Committee when contacting an owner regarding a breach of the bylaws? Can one member of Body Corporate…

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Q&A: Interest and discounts on levies

  Question: I was just reading today’s newsletter and thought i would let you know an avenue i took for charges being illegally placed onto my levy statement, re the question posted in the 214 newsletter: Question: After calling our new strata management company for information, I have personally been charged a sum. Until the…

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NSW: Q&A Capital Works Fund – What Do We Need To Do Now?

  Question: Is there a formula for setting strata levies to cover scheduled capital works and avoid a shortfall? We have identified a situation where projected levies will result in a shortfall. Answer: There is no accepted ratio for the determination of funds to be raised. There is no set “prudent” amount or accepted ratio…

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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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