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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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 Water damage on my ceiling from the apartment upstairs

  Question: The apartment upstairs had some water leakages which has damaged my apartment. Am I responsible for repairs to the damage inside my unit? I own an apartment in NSW which is tenanted and agent managed. The apartment upstairs had some water leakages which has damaged both the duct connecting the floors as well…

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NSW: Q&A Approval & ByLaws for Apartment Storage

  Question: Our strata is demanding that we don’t store anything other than a car in our car spot? Is this Legal? If the boxes are neat and tidy, why can’t we store them in our parking lot? Answer: Your scheme may have the standard by-law 17, or have a specific by-law for prohibition of…

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

  Question: As a special resolution is carried if “not more than 25% of the value of the votes cast are against the resolution”, can I confirm that “not more than 25% against” is different from “75% or more in favour”? The Act says a special resolution is carried if “not more than 25% of…

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NSW Q&A: Smoking Inside Your Apartment

Question: We live in a high rise apt block and a few years ago we voted against a no smoking building, but we are not allowed to smoke in all common areas. That is fair enough. I’m not a smoker. But living in the western suburbs with a reasonably large amount of tenanted apartments, most…

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NSW: Q&A How To Deal With the Noisy Tenants In The Apartment Above

Question: I’d like the noisy tenants in the apartment above me to be aware of the disturbance they are creating and the lot owner to change the flooring and comply with sound proofing requirements. Is this achievable? The lot owner upstairs changed their flooring from carpet to timber floor without approval from strata. Since then,…

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New Short-term Airbnb Letting Laws

New AirBnB laws come into effect Friday 10th April 2020 by way of the insertion of a new clause 137A into the Strata Schemes Management Act, 2015 (NSW). Essentially: A by-law may only prohibit a lot from being used for short-term rental accommodation if the relevant lot is not the principal place of residence of…

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NSW: Can I Keep Pets in a Strata Building?

  Despite the much anticipated “pet-friendly” amendments to the new strata legislation, animals are still not automatically permitted in strata schemes even if they are kept wholly within the boundaries of an individual’s apartment. To determine what the keeping of animals position and pet rules for strata is in relation to any particular scheme you must…

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NSW: Q&A Disabled Parking in Apartments

  Question: We purchased an Off-the-plan apartment and at the prepurchase inspection found our parking spot is the disabled parking space. Can they do this? Answer: You may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit. It would appear you may have purchased what is known as an “adaptable” unit which is designed in…

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