NSW: Q&A Building Appearance: Changing the appearance of the lot

  Question: Our Strata manager demands we remove vines from our lot because they are changing the appearance of our complex. We have planted vines around our lot which have grown but are not covering any other lot. Our Strata managers insist we are changing the appearance of our complex and are demanding their removal….

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NSW: Q&A Foyer Christmas Decorations Purchased by Strata Funds

  Question: We have discussed putting up some foyer Christmas decorations. Some residents have voiced their concerns about strata funds paying for the cost of acquiring the seasonal decorations. Our strata has an uninteresting entry foyer that would benefit from some visual enhancement. Hanging some artwork on the blank walls would make both residents and…

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NSW: Q&A Who sets the agenda, Explanatory notes

Question: Do the strata committee get a copy of the AGM agenda first, or do all owners get the agenda at the same time? If the committee get it first, does it put others at a disadvantage? Answer: There is no formal requirement that the AGM agenda must be given to the strata committee first….

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: During closed-door meetings, the committee vote on each agenda item frequently without costings or reasons for decisions. As an owner, what can I do? The chair of the Strata committee enforces the ‘owners cannot interrupt’ rule. All decisions are made behind closed doors before the formal Strata Committee meeting. These closed-door meetings result…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

  Question: In the AGM last year, we all voted to have a defibrillator. The chairman and secretary voted against it and in every meeting since have decided to ask a lawyer their legal rights and are digging their heels in. Can they do this? Answer: It may be that the strata committee is seeking…

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NSW: Q&A Duty to Maintain and Repair Common Property

  Question: Who is responsible for a broken window in a strata unit? Who is responsible for a broken window in a strata unit? Who should be invoiced – the tenant (occupying at the time the glass broke), the owners, or the Owners Corporation? I have read the Fair Trading Common Property Memorandum but under 9 Windows…

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NSW: Q&A Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Our secretary takes full control at meetings, will not let anyone make any comments or ask any questions. We all feel very bullied by this person. What can we do? At our monthly Owners Corporation meetings, although the whole committee including the chairperson attended, the meeting was run by our overbearing secretary. We…

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NSW: Q&A Spending Limits & Unapproved Fees

Question: Our owners corporation is part of a BMC. Is it regulation that the financial and annual budget of the BMC be presented to the strata committee or owners and approved at a committee meeting before the owners corporation AGM? I am an owner in an owners corporation that has shared facilities (BMC) with another…

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

Question: Can Owners Corporation members use their unit entitlements when calling a poll vote to form a strata committee? Answer: In some circumstances, the motion can be decided according to the value of unit entitlements voting for or against. In short, yes. Generally, a motion put to a meeting, or an election of officers of…

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NSW: Q&A Can You Use Your Garage for Apartment Storage?

  Question: I’m renting a unit in Brighton-Le-Sands, southern Sydney and I have a double garage. Can I use the garage for DIY projects rather than for parking of vehicles? Answer: Seek strata permission through your strata manager or your strata committee. It is advisable to seek strata permission through your strata manager (if you…

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NSW: Q&A The Right to Access Your Strata Lot

Question: As a new owner can my building manager charge me $140 per access card x 4 to access my lot? As a new owner can my building manager charge me $140 per access card x 4 to access my lot? The two access cards provided by the previous owner have been deactivated. My family…

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

  Question: My strata manager is withholding some of my levy notices. How do I ensure these late notices are sent to me, as the strata manager is ignoring my emails? I think my strata manager is withholding some of my levy notices. They say I am unfinancial, therefore I could not vote at the…

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NSW: Q&A Which ByLaws Apply to Our Strata Scheme?

Question:Can an existing Special ByLaw be amended without the legal cost of being re-written by a strata lawyer? Can an existing Special ByLaw be amended without the legal cost of being re-written by a strata lawyer. This bylaw outlines permission and the terms and conditions for owners to install ducted split air conditioning systems, roof…

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NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Committee Decisions

Question: How do we force a decision in a 4 unit, self-managed complex? There are always 2 for and 2 against. Strata is a democracy and it comes back down to a vote. Generally a four lot scheme can create more work than a 400 lot scheme because of that one reason where you just…

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