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Category: Education

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…

Service Levels for a Strata Manager

I am proud to be a strata manager. Unfortunately however strata managers often receive a bad rap. When I am discussing my profession socially, almost invariably I hear comments such as – my strata is hopeless, they never return calls. Or my strata is so expensive, we have to pay over $1,500 per quarter. This…

Strata buildings being unreasonable – what are your options?

Our office was approached recently to manage a building that was having significant internal problems at Strata Committee level. One of the main problems was their ability to make decisions to improve their owners amenity, such as approving renovations.   In the particular case reported, an owner had requested bi-fold doors at the rear of…