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

  Question: We did not receive a levy invoice or a notice of arrears. The next period notice invoice for levies, strata is charging interest and there is a notice of arrears fee. Do we have to pay the arrears notice fee and interest if we never received the invoice? Answer: It depends whether you…

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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 Keeping Pets in a Strata Building

  Question: Dogs at our complex yap for hours. The noise is driving me crazy but I’m not sure what I can do. Can you help? I live in a very large Strata unit complex. There is an overload of dogs here – almost like a Canine Hotel – but all in all they are…

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NSW: Q&A Selling a Parking Spot in Strata Apartments

  Question: A lot owner wishes to sell one of their parking spots to me. What are the procedure, pit falls, legalities involved in starting this sale process? Is it possible? I am an owner with a two bedroom unit and one car spot. A neighbouring lot owner wishes to sell one of their parking…

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NSW Government Defects Rectification Guide has been launched

  The new defects rectification guide has been launched in NSW. The NSW Government has written a step by step guide which helps Strata Managers and property owners with identifying and then rectifying defects in apartment buildings in a seamless process. This is a first of its kind for government and it enables the government…

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Ask Premium Strata – Visitors Car Parking

Visitors Car Parking I am one of the committee member for building with 65 apartment units. Our strata manager has informed us that we can convert our visitor carpark into a unit car space without having to comply with our development consent. At the moment We are complying with the minimum 13 visitor car parks…

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Strata Schemes Management Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 Extension

  In May this year the NSW Government introduced a new Section 271A into the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW) (the “Act”) (and the Community Land Management Act, 1989 (NSW). On November 11, the NSW Parliament reviewed the revisions and an extension of these regulations has been granted by the NSW Government. These will be in place for…

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NSW: Q&A Where are my common property boundaries?

  Question: Who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of outdoor lights on each of the townhouse walls in both front and back yard? These external lights were installed when the townhouses were originally built. Answer: The exterior lights would likely be your responsibility. While we have not seen your by-laws or notations on…

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NSW: Q&A Strata Management Quotes and Appointments

  Question: We wish to change strata managers. What is the procedure regarding the Strata Management company during this process? Do they have a vote? Can they vote against the change? Answer: Care must be exercised to comply with the terms of the contract appointing the current Strata Management Company and with the strata legislation….

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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: Rescinding Resolutions

Question: in relation to the article: NSW: Q&A Can Owners Corporation committee decisions be reconsidered? can you please point me to the section or clause in the SSMA 2015 or SSMR 2016, that refers to rescinding resolutions as referred to in this article 359? Answer: Any decision made by a corporation may be reversed.  Further, Sch…

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NSW Q&A Section 100: The Power to Borrow Money

Question: At our next EGM we will be voting on whether to take out a Strata Loan to cover remedial works. What procedure is required for acceptance of this Motion?   Answer: A resolution approving the relevant loan has to be passed at a general meeting of the owners corporation. Section 100 of the Strata Schemes…

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NSW Q&A: Spending Limits for Council Owners

Question: In relation to the LookUp Strata article addressing spending limits for items not in the Council of Owners’ budget for Western Australia, do these limits apply in all states or only WA? I am in NSW. Answer: In NSW, the strata committee may be restricted on spending limits or any other matter or type of…

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