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Welcome to our March newsletter!

We would like to welcome three new starters to the ever-expanding Premium Strata team this month! Shelly and Reema joined us as assistant strata managers, and Jacqueline is our new receptionist. We are very excited to have them on board.

We have covered the new window-safety regulations a number of times in the past, but this month the new rules came into effect. If you have any questions, please contact your strata manager.

We hope you will enjoy this month's articles.

Leanne Habib, CEO
Inger Brettle, COO


What is new at Premium Strata?

Can NSW Owners Corporation tow your car?

A resident in NSW wanted to know whether his unregistered project vehicle, parked in his assigned parking space without causing any disturbance, can be towed away by the Owners Corporation.

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Smoke Drift from Balcony

Q&A Smoke drift from tenant who regularly has a smoke on the balcony above

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: For the last few months the tenant in the apartment above ours regularly sits and has a smoke on the balcony. Their smoking causes smoke drift into our flat each time they smoke on the balcony. What can we do?

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Fire Safety Inspections

NSW: Q&A Are our fire safety inspections too frequent?

Andrew Renton, Fire Safety Constructions
Question: We are lot owners in a small scheme strata in NSW. How often should our fire safety inspection be done? The company who is currently performing our Fire Safety Inspections is performing them every 3 months, which seems excessive to me.

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First Collective Sale

The First Collective Sales Cases Hit the Land and Environment Court

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co
The new laws allow a strata scheme to be sold or redeveloped with the agreement of 75% of the owners and an order made by the Land & Environment Court. Not surprisingly, however, up until recently there have been no reported cases where the Land & Environment Court has dealt with an application to permit the collective sale or redevelopment of a strata scheme under the new laws.

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Window Locks

Q&A Window locks for strata – admin or capital works fund expense?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Our Strata Complex is about to install the new child window locks pursuant to the requirements under the Strata Schemes Management Act (NSW) 2015. What costs are associated with the two respective Funds, in this instance for the fitting of the window locks? Should expenses relating to the installation be charged to the admin or the capital works fund?

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Latest News

City of Sydney now in favour of apartment buildings making their own decision on allowing Airbnb

Sue Williams, Domain
The City of Sydney has changed its original stance on Airbnb and is now in favour of owners having the final say on whether short-term lets should be allowed in their apartment buildings.

Q&A Towing a car – do we need a towing bylaw?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Is it enforceable to tow if there is no bylaw? Do we need to implement a towing bylaw before we can tow from vehicles parked on common property?

Living smarter and happier with pets in the city

Raylene Bliss, Inner West Courier Inner City
Sydney pets are living in the lap of luxury and the spending trends of the Millennial generation are a driving force behind the rise and rise of the “fur baby” phenomenon.

Kings Cross residents attack NBN ‘brush off’ as disconnection looms

Jennifer Duke, The Sydney Morning Herald
The Elan strata committee has recommended owners and tenants to make their “own arrangements” with Telstra or an alternative provider to “avoid being disconnected”.

2018 Strata Owners Day

Swissotel Sydney on Saturday, 24 March for the 2018 Strata Owners Day. A day for strata owner to be educated, updated and to have your queries answered.


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