NSW Strata Law Reforms | Owners Corporation Network

NSW Strata Law Reforms

Among more than 90 changes to strata legislation, the most controversial means that 75 per cent of owners in apartment blocks are able to sell the entire building to developers. However, strata residents had to wait until January 2018 to see the 2% building defects bond to pay for defects that may be uncovered in the first two years of a strata apartment building's life.

A spokesman for Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Victor Dominello said these were once-in-a-generation changes.

A spokesman for Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Victor Dominello said these were once-in-a-generation changes. Photo: Anthony Johnson

 

The new Strata Management Act provides model by-laws which include a default option that allows pets unless they are excluded, rather than excludes pets unless they are allowed – a subtle but significant change. Generally only applicable to new buildings if the model by-laws are selected, these new bylaws would have to be adopted by existing strata schemes to have any effect there.

Under other changes, owners corporations are able to invite local council parking inspector into their car parks.

Cigarette smoke is, for the first time, defined as a “nuisance”, meaning that even people who smoke only inside their own units can be ordered to stop if it affects other residents.

Proxy farming is a thing of the past with limits on the number of proxy votes any one person can hold, replaced by electronic voting, meeting “attendance” by Skype or via the phone and online debate and decision-making.

Strata professionals who are not owners are not allowed to join executive committees

Strata managers are required to disclose commissions they receive from insurers.

Tenants in bukilding with more than 50% of registered renters will be able to elect a tenants’ rep to the executive committee, although they won’t be able to vote and can be excluded from discussions of a sensitive or financial nature.

Minor alterations to apartments that don’t affect common property will be allowed by default and owners corporations will be able to set occupancy limits on apartments.

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Robert, Darlinghurst

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Jim, Wollstonecraft

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Ingrid, Neutral Bay

"I must say that I have enjoyed and found consolation in the discussions that have been part of the email chain (forum). I did attend one general meeting and found that it was informative and the people "running the show" were knowledgeable and dedicated to the tasks that had taken on. In short, well done. You and the committee have and continue to support the Strata Community in a very professional manner."

Greg, Parramatta

"Nothing is easy in Strata World and we have been in building defects “mode” for some years – hopefully almost at an end but that process has been most demanding and difficult but again – greatly helped by the experience and wise counsel of other members of OCN."

Pat, St Leonards

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Jann and John, St Ives

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Graham, East Balmain

I have enjoyed attending the quarterly OCN meetings and the exchange of emails between other Executive Committee Members and think OCN is playing an increasingly important role as a voice for strata dwellers and representing us at Government level. I wish the organisation continuing success in the future."

Pauline, Kings Cross

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Jenny, Killara

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Kate, Coogee

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Peter, Chiswick

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Peter, Chiswick

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Sue, Epping

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Lois, Wollongong

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John, Elizabeth Bay

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Pamela, Point Lookout

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