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 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 Noisy Neighbour, Renovations and Construction Noise

  Question: Can approval be granted for lot owner renovation – with a condition that works are NOT to commence before a certain date? A lot owner has made a application for a bathroom renovation with By-law included etc. At the upcoming AGM, can approval for the renovation be granted with a condition that works…

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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 Positions on the Strata Committee

  Question: Can a husband and wife both hold positions on a strata committee? Answer: Provided the rules on nominations were strictly observed at the time of their appointment, there is no restriction on a husband and wife both being on the strata committee. For the full question and our detailed response, visit the original…

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NSW: Q&A Strata Management Quotes and Appointments

  Question: We wish to change strata managers. What is the procedure regarding the Strata Management company during this process? Do they have a vote? Can they vote against the change? Answer: Care must be exercised to comply with the terms of the contract appointing the current Strata Management Company and with the strata legislation….

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

  Question: I’m renovating my unit’s flooring. The flooring has magnesite and needs to be repaired by the Owners Corporations first. Should they draft the bylaw for the renovation? I am renovating my entire Unit’s Flooring. The Strata Committee is requesting that prior to doing any flooring renovations, the magnesite needs to be completely removed…

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NSW: Q&A Can I Keep Pets in a Strata Building?

  Question: Are bylaws allowed to specifically prohibit ownership of dogs whilst cats and other animals are subject to approval? The bylaws in my building require pets (except for fish) to be approved by the strata committee. However there is a specific clause which prohibits dogs (with the exception of guidance & hearing assistance dogs)….

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NSW: Q&A Using Electronic Voting to Fast Track Committee Decisions

  Question: Our AGM will be held by electronic voting thereby negating any opportunity to debate motions on the Agenda. Is this considered fair and reasonable under current NSW Legislation? The Strata Manager and Strata Committee have orchestrated the AGM to be held by electronic voting thereby negating any opportunity to debate motions on the…

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NSW Q&A: EGM Agenda

Question: I have a question about who determines what is included in an EGM agenda? Can the Strata Manager simply circulate an EGM notice and voting papers without consulting with the entire Strata Committee, or is the SC meant to vote on what is included in the EGM agenda? Answer: Both the delegated secretary (Strata Manager…

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NSW Q&A: Legal Responsibilities of Sub-Committees

Question: Do sub-committees have the same legal responsibilities as Strata Committees under By-Laws and NSW Legislation in terms of issuing agendas and recording (and distributing to lot owners) minutes of meetings. Lot owners here suspect the committee is avoiding discussions with residents and committing to expenditure by declaring that they are meeting as a “sub-committee”….

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