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

Question: How can I stop the never-ending nightmare of raising special strata levies? We purchased a unit in April 2018 with special levies meant to finish in June 2020. The strata have continued to raise special levies and the quote agreed on in 2016 (apparently) has more than doubled. I want this money back. I…

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Latest Strata Developments for New South Wales

  The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Act, 2021 No 1 (NSW) (the “Amendment Act”) has introduced important amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW)(the “Act”). Keeping of animals You may have seen the media coverage of the landmark NSW Court of Appeal decision in Cooper v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 58068 [2020] NSWCA 250 (“Cooper”) which…

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

  Question: My allocated parking spot has a tree in front if it which makes accessing the spot especially challenging. What can I do? I am currently renting a strata unit with an allocated parking spot. My allocated parking spot has a tree in front if it which makes entering and exiting the spot especially…

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Finalised Framework for Short-Term Rental Accommodation

  Following extensive consultation with the community and holiday-letting industry, the Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) framework has been finalised. The new regulatory framework seeks to ensure local communities continue to enjoy the economic benefits of STRA, while managing potential adverse impacts. Importantly, the new STRA policy includes a deferred commencement clause and consultation is ongoing…

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NSW: Q&A Issuing and Enforcing a Notices to Comply with a By Law

  Question: Should legal representation be obtained by an Owners Corporation before applying to NCAT for a hearing for failure to comply with by-laws? Should legal representation be obtained by an Owners Corporation before applying to NCAT for a hearing for failure to comply with by-laws? At an NCAT hearing regarding continued failure to comply…

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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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Q&A Vetos and Alterations to Common Property in NSW

  Question:This site recently replied to an SA question about Common Property Alterations. Is the response also applicable for alterations to common property in NSW? Answer: The balance of decision making power by an owners corporation is by simple majority. Changes to common property in NSW and Types of Resolutions The NSW position regarding changes…

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NSW: Q&A Can A Strata Bylaw Set a Size Limit for Dogs?

  Question: My Owners Corporation has a bylaw setting a size limit for dogs in our building. Is this reasonable? How can I know how big my puppy will get? Answer: There are all types of pets by-laws including those with weight restrictions. There are all types of pets by-laws including those with weight restrictions – we…

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NSW: Repeated Breaches – The Washings on the Balcony!

Question: What action can the Strata Committee take to impose compliance for breaches? A lot owner is amplifying her non-compliance in response to being advised to cease her hanging of washing on the balcony practices. Answer: Issue a notice to comply with the washing on the balcony bylaw and then pursue the matter through NCAT….

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