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: Our Strata Manager keeps coming into my garage to have a look around etc. Am I entitled to ask them politely to ensure all correspondence between us is through email, text or phone call? Answer: It is unclear why your strata manager keeps trespassing. Yes, absolutely, you should ask them to refrain from…

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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 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 Special Levies, Levy Payments and Overdue Levies

Question: We receive a delayed strata levy. On the levy it shows 2 quarters plus interest, however, this was sent late from the strata. Are the owners still responsible for the interest? Answer: If the levy was issued late, they should not be charged any interest. They shouldn’t be responsible for the interest. If it…

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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 Which ByLaws Apply to Our Strata Scheme?

  Question: What are the requirements for owning and or residing in an over 55s strata property? Does the owner or all residents need to be over 55 to live in a retirement village? Our Strata is an over 55s or invalid property. Can a purchaser be stopped from buying a lot in a retirement…

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