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Year: 2017

Your Rights to Common Areas

A question concerning rights to common property in a strata community was published in Strata News #172 and answered by our Principal, Rod Smith. Question: One particular lot owner has ‘moved into’ a section of the common areas and uses this space as their own. Do we have a right to ask the owner to…

Section 106 of the Strata Schemes Management Act

One Section of the Strata Law that any Strata Manager ‘worth their salt’ will know is Section 106of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (SSMA 2015). This section is worth displaying in full:   SSMA 2015 – 106 Duty of Owners Corporation to maintain and repair property (1) An owners corporation for a strata scheme…

What do you own in your apartment? – Lot vs Common Property

To make decisions about your Strata, it is important to have a reasonable understanding about who owns what within a Strata Scheme. Section 4 of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 contains the relevant definitions about who owns what within a Strata building.   Common property “means any part of a parcel that is not…

Can a non-lot owner in NSW hold an Executive Committee position

Question: Can a non lot owner be elected to a Strata committee and hold one of the executive committee positions? If a resident who is not listed as the unit owner on the title deeds, but has that lot owner’s long term proxy (e.g. a lot owner’s spouse or de facto partner), can they be…

Keeping Pets in Strata Units

Question: I would like to know about keeping pets in strata units. How many pets can be kept in a two bedroom apartment with a courtyard in suburban Sydney?   Answer: Some buildings have a very prescriptive ban on animals in their strata, whilst others allow pets without hesitation. I write this email with cuts…

Window Locks – The Time for Action is NOW

For those who live in strata and are still unaware – the deadline to complete window lock compliance in your apartment is 13 March 2018. It is time to speak with your strata committee to instruct your strata manager to have a professional window assessment completed as soon as possible, with the view of supplying…