New regime for the Disposal of Abandoned Goods

From 1st July 2020, new laws regarding the disposal of goods abandoned on the common property came into effect. The regulation of the treatment of abandoned goods in strata schemes has been transferred from the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW) (“SSMA”) to the Uncollected Goods Act, 1995 (NSW) (“UGA”). The process for the removal…

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NSW: Q&A Apartment fire regulations – Fire Doors

  Question: We need to shave a little off the bottom of our entry fire door to install new floorboards. Is strata responsible for modifying or replacing the fire door, since the front fire door is common property? I am installing floorboards in my apartment which will raise the existing floor levels, consequently, I may…

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NSW: Q&A Smoke Drift From Neighbour Who Smokes Outside

Question: How do we handle the other duplex lot owners who smoke outside their lot. Smoke drifts over the dividing fence and into my aging father’s lot. We are looking for information about how to handle the other lot owners who smoke in the back yard of their duplex. The smoke drifts over the dividing…

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NSW: Q&A How To Deal With the Noisy Tenants In The Apartment Above

Question: I’d like the noisy tenants in the apartment above me to be aware of the disturbance they are creating and the lot owner to change the flooring and comply with sound proofing requirements. Is this achievable? The lot owner upstairs changed their flooring from carpet to timber floor without approval from strata. Since then,…

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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: 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: Noise from floor of unit above

  Question: I have a problem with the neighbours upstairs. I hear every footstep as their dining room is directly above me. They have parquetry flooring and no rugs or other floor coverings in their living areas. Visitors to my apartment agree the noise is unbearable. I do not have a good relationship with these…

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NSW: Q&A Disabled Parking in Apartments

  Question: We purchased an Off-the-plan apartment and at the prepurchase inspection found our parking spot is the disabled parking space. Can they do this? Answer: You may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit. It would appear you may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit which is designed in…

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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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NSW: Q&A Can’t Get Access from Neighbour to Install NBN

  Question: The owner of my neighbouring unit refuses to allow access to his roof space so I can install NBN to my apartment. Can he be forced to allow access? Answer: The NBN technician will know what statutory rights. The NBN technician will know what statutory rights to access he has for his carrier…

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