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

  Question: One lot owner is refusing to pay levies. What is the correct/recommended procedure to pursue debt recovery and in what order should those steps be taken? I am the “Honorary Administrator” of a self-managing strata scheme of four townhouses. We may need to take levy recovery action against one owner who is refusing…

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NSW: Q&A Strata approval for renovations – What is the process?

  Question: Do we need permission to tile over the top of tiles in our townhouse bathroom and laundry? We will not be disturbing the waterproofing or original tiles? Answer: Tiles are hard surface flooring and therefore considered a “minor renovation” under the legislation. If the strata committee has been delegated the power to approve…

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NSW: Q&A Proxies and Voting Rules for Owners Corporation Meetings

  Question: How many owners in a complex of 12 units are required to vote against a motion at an extraordinary general meeting. Answer: It depends whether you are asking about an unanimous, special or ordinary resolution. It depends whether you are asking about an unanimous, special or ordinary resolution. No one can vote against…

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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 Can You Use Your Garage for Apartment Storage?

  Question: A lot owner in our 5 lot NSW strata building is using the garage to store carpets for their business. What impact would this have on fire safety and strata insurance? Answer: You should contact your local council and make further enquiries there, as they have powers to stop the business being carried…

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

  Question: A lot owner with a dog causes nuisance to surrounding lots. What can the owners corporation do? Is there a legal way to handle this? We have a problem with a lot owner who owns a dog on our building. The dog is left for long periods unattended causing excessive barking, excrement is…

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Ask Premium Strata – Strata Committee Meetings

Strata Committee Meetings Can a Strata Committee member at a Committee meeting ( not an Owners Corp meeting) have another committee member act as their proxy if they know they be absent from that meeting? Answer: Not as a “proxy” per se, but effectively, yes, with the consent of the strata committee, as per the section…

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

  Question: Does the Owners Corporation have to pay sufficient money from levies into the Capital Works Fund? I have just discovered no money has been paid into the Capital Works Fund where I live for the last 3 years. Around 240 people live in the building. Answer: Yes, the Owners Corporation must pay funds…

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