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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NSW: Q&A Who Do I Contact for Repairs to Common Property?

  Question: Is it allowable/acceptable to get in touch directly with strata manager for unit repairs to common property, rather than go through the executive committee? Answer: Yes, because in all likelihood, before the strata manager issues a work order for the repairs (subject to the extent of repairs), the strata manager will seek approval…

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NSW: Q&A Does Strata Maintain My Air Conditioning Unit?

  Question: Our air conditioner was installed incorrectly by the builder 5 years ago. Is the repair of the resulting leak part of the strata maintenance responsibilities? Answer: As it is likely not common property, you would need to repair it. Generally speaking and without knowing where the external unit is located, an air-conditioning unit…

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NSW: Q&A Exclusive Use of Common Property

Question: An ordinary resolution passed in 1991 at a general meeting voted to allow owners to park on common property and gave them allocated spaces. Do these owners have exclusive use rights of the common property? Answer: As no by-law was created, no exclusive use was validly created. This is a complex legal question, however,…

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NSW: Q&A Children and Noise Complaints in Apartments

Question: Are children excluded or exempted from breaching any provisions in the Strata Schemes Management legislation or any By-Law Clauses of the Strata Plan? Answer: Occupiers of the lot are responsible to ensure no noise may interfere with someone else’s use of their lot or common property. In our view it is not that they…

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NSW: Q&A Is a ByLaw needed for BBQs on Apartment Balconies

  Question: Should we have a bylaw allowing residents to have a BBQ on their apartment balcony? If we have no bylaw and a BBQ becomes a fire hazard, will the Strata Committee Members be held liable? Answer: You need to check what your contract states with regard to strata manager insurance commissions. We have…

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NSW: Q&A Can an Apartment Garage be Used Exclusively for Storage?

Question: A Lot Owner uses their garage for storage and parks their car on the street. The garage is below my apartment and they are constantly removing items and opening and closing the door. Is this nuisance? Answer: Check your by-laws to determine if you have a “Storage” By-law which basically states that only motor…

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Ask Premium Strata – Inactive Body Corporate Member

Inactive Body Corporate Member Could you please advise if a member of our Executive Committee –  ‘Community Title’ – who has not attended any meetings since election but has proxied other members can be removed due to non participation. He also doesn’t answer emails sent out by the committee. Thanks for your help! Answer: The legislation contemplates…

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Ask Premium Strata – Pets and Strata Bylaws

Pets and Strata Bylaws My super owns an investment unit within a strata which previously had an “Option B” pets policy but has recently changed that bylaw to “No Pets”. I bought the property, obviously, as an investment property and this new bylaw severely limits my ability to rent my property. Do I have any…

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Ask Premium Strata – Parking Bay Allocation

Parking Bay Allocation After reading your article on Strata News on towing parking offenders from common property, I was hoping you could give us some advice with an ongoing issue we have on parking. Parking issues take up far too much time in strata! We are in Sydney and we have a tenant residing in…

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Q&A Overcrowding and Number of Occupants in NSW Apartments

Question: If an apartment is tenanted, how many occupants are allowed in a 2 bedroom unit? I suspect overcrowding in the apartment next door to ours. Answer: You would need a by-law which stipulates occupancy limits. Subject to anything contained in the development approval for the building, you would need a by-law which stipulates occupancy limits and…

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