NSW Government Defects Rectification Guide has been launched

  The new defects rectification guide has been launched in NSW. The NSW Government has written a step by step guide which helps Strata Managers and property owners with identifying and then rectifying defects in apartment buildings in a seamless process. This is a first of its kind for government and it enables the government…

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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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NSW: Q&A Common Property Defects and Reimbursement for Repairs

Question: There is no insulation under the concrete roof of my top floor apartment. On hot days, the apartment is basically unliveable. Is the Owners Corporation responsible for this problem? When the summer sun heats the concrete roof of my top floor apartment all day, that evening the concrete sheds its heat into the apartment!…

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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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NSW: Q&A When are Pecuniary Interest Disclosures Required?

  Question: If a committee member submits a motion they have a vested interest in, shouldn’t they abstain from voting? Should the strata manager enforce this? Regarding the issue of a Strata Committee Member proposing a motion to the Strata Committee that they have a vested interest in, which constitutes a breach of conflict of…

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

  Question: A resident pet owner does the right things cleaning up dog poo on common property but not within their own lot. How do we enforce clean up of their lot and stop the smell! A lot owner has felt it necessary to draw the Strata Committee’s attention to repeated instances of pet faeces…

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NSW: Q&A Strata Manager Complaints and Bullying

  Question: We have complaints about our Strata Manager. What is the best way to remind our Strata Manager she is working for us? She borders on bullying. We have complaints about our Strata Manager. What is the best way to remind our Strata Manager she is working for us & sometimes a little bit…

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

  Question: My balcony cannot be viewed from any common property. Can I retile my balcony as long as the finish is in keeping with the building without OC approval for the renovations being asked? I appreciate that maintenance and replacement of my balcony structure and it’s waterproof membrane are the responsibility of our Strata….

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NSW: Q&A Quorum Requirements for the AGM

  Question: Our Strata committee has 6 members. Can any 3 strata members form a quorum without communicating with the other strata members? Our Strata committee has six members. I am told a quorum is three members. Do the six strata members have to be notified before a meeting or decision is to be discussed or…

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NSW: Q&A Where are my common property boundaries?

  Question: Who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of outdoor lights on each of the townhouse walls in both front and back yard? These external lights were installed when the townhouses were originally built. Answer: The exterior lights would likely be your responsibility. While we have not seen your by-laws or notations on…

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NSW: Q&A Proxies, Voting & Quorum Requirements for the AGM

  Question: Can a vote on a decision be raised after a decision and expense has occurred? Under what circumstances does a decision require a special resolution? And who decides a special resolution is appropriate? Answer: Once an expense has been incurred and paid for it is difficult to reverse Once an expense has been…

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NSW: Q&A Carrying out External Paint Work

  Question: At no cost to the owners corporation, we’d like to paint an unpainted common area exterior wall. How can we get this action sanctioned and take advantage of this improvement? It has been suggested that we have some unsightly unpainted interior walls in our complex spruced up with a coat of paint. Currently,…

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