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STRATA NSW: Owners Corporations, Common Property Repairs and Insurance – A Tricky Relationship

This article discussing Property Repairs has been provided by Warwick van Ede, JS Mueller & Co. Introduction Owners corporations are not uncommonly faced with the need to repair common property. Cracked walls and failing waterproof membranes are two of the...

NSW: ‘Nothing To See Here’ Owners Corporations, Lot Owners And Security Cameras

This article discussing Owners Corporations and Security Cameras has been provided by Warwick van Ede, JS Mueller & Co. The use of surveillance cameras in both private and public spaces is increasing significantly. Cameras are installed by local councils and...

Fencing in strata schemes – NSW

Dear Owners Over the coming months the managers at Strata North will be publishing informative blogs to assist our owners with some issues that we are regularly asked about Strata & Community Management. One of the more common questions we...

NSW Strata: Q&A What does public liability insurance include?

We received this question from a NSW lot owner asking – what does public liability insurance include? The following response has been provided by Lia de Sousa, Whitbread Insurance Brokers. Question: What does public liability insurance include? Who pays the...

NSW STRATA: Volunteering at Your Strata Property. Is It Worth The Risk?

This article your personal accident cover when volunteering at your strata property has been supplied by Ann Farrugia, National Client Relationship Manager Whitbread Insurance Brokers. Volunteering for odd jobs around your Strata property? Think you’re covered for Personal Accident under...

NSW Strata: Unpaid Levies…The New Rules!

This article about unpaid levies in NSW has been supplied by Faiyaaz Shafiq, Senior Lawyer J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers. Current Position Under the current law there are no legal rights for lot owners to request an instalment payment...

NSW Strata: New Limits Imposed on Proxy Votes

This article about changes to the proxy vote NSW has been provided by Madison Marcus Law Firm. The Strata Schemes Management Act amendments received Royal Assent and most of the amendments have effect on and from 30 November 2016. In...

A New Era for Strata NSW

This Media release from the 8th July, 2016 announcing when the nsw strata scheme reforms will come into effect has been supplied by NSW Fair Trading. Reforms to benefit the more than two million people in NSW who own, rent...

START DATE FOR NEW NSW STRATA LAWS – But Defects Bond On Hold

It’s on! The state’s much-anticipated and long-overdue strata reforms have a definite start date. November 30 is the big day so it’s an early Christmas present for some apartment residents – although some of the “gifts” may be less than gratefully...

NSW Strata Reform Update: Four Point Plan For Levy Recoveries

This article about levy recoveries post NSW Strata Reform commencement has been supplied by David Bannerman and Ben Robertson, Bannermans Lawyers. A new strata schemes management act and regulation are expected to commence later this year. The new laws will...

Strata – NSW Homeowners Expected to Focus on Renovating, Despite Increased Tradie Costs

NSW may now be the most expensive state for home renovations, but it is still cheaper than buying a new home. In a climate of low interest rates and declining property prices, NSW homeowners are expected to focus on renovating...

Strata – Pets in flats rule to be relaxed to allow animals to cohabit

PEOPLE living in apartments will be able to keep pets in their homes simply by giving written notice to the owners corporation under laws proposed by the state government. With the number of apartment’s in Sydney set to snowball, Better...

12 Tiny Strata Law Changes That Will Make a Big Difference

There has been a lot of publicity about big-ticket items, such as the potential for forced sales of strata units by a majority of owners, the 2 per cent defects bond on developers and, of course, the change to pet...

Developers Require to Post Bond for Strata Remedial Work

Changes to NSW strata laws will give greater protection for owners. Peter Rusbourne of Watkins Tapsell lawyers said that several significant amendments to strata laws in NSW are to occur in 2016. At this stage the exact date on which...

Strata Reforms & Managing Parking in Strata Schemes

This article about parking in strata schemes regarding the implications of the new strata Act NSW has been supplied and written by Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers. The NSW strata laws are about to change. The expected commencement date is...

Removing Unwanted Bikes from Unit Blocks is Breaking Strata Law – For Now

Jan 23, 2016 Jimmy Thomson Flat Chat columnist A friend got a bike over Christmas. Nothing fancy – just a second-hand, 12-speed rattler with sit-up handlebars and a basket on the front. When she approached her building manager for access...

A Guide to Contents Insurance for Strata

This article discussing Contents Insurance for Strata Properties has been supplied by Whitbread Insurance Brokers. A common misconception of living in a unit or apartment complex is the assumption that Strata Insurance will also provide cover for the contents within...

NSW Strata Amendments Introduced to Parliament

Proposed changes to the legislation covering strata agreements in New South Wales will make living in and buying apartments in the state more attractive, according to the head of a Sydney based strata management firm. NSW Minister for Innovation and...

Barbecue and tobacco smoke could fetch fines up to $2200 under proposed NSW Strata Laws

Tenants who create too much smoke when barbecuing their lamb chops or sausages on unit balconies could soon face fines of up to $2200 under proposed changes to strata laws. The same goes for smokers if the smoke from their cigarettes...

Airbnb is disrupting the peace for residents of strata buildings

People renting out apartments to rowdy holidaymakers are creating misery for strata residents.  You may not have noticed, but a state parliamentary inquiry into short-term rentals is under way and you have a couple of weeks in which to submit your...

Small strata buildings where managers act with impunity

We tend to think of the worst strata misery occurring in multi-unit high-rise blocks. But a dysfunctional mini-development with a skewed idea of right and wrong can be even worse – especially when you are the only one complaining. Take the small townhouse development...

Apartment owners could be forced to sell properties under proposed strata law shakeup

Thousands of apartment owners could be forced to sell their own homes under a massive shakeup of property laws that developers hope will be adopted by all state and territory governments. Under existing laws, 100 per cent of residents who...

Developers to cover cost of new building defects in NSW

The New South Wales Government is set to impose a 2 per cent bond on developers to cover the cost of building defects in new unit blocks. A report by the University of New South Wales has identified building defects...

Strata laws: the 8 changes that will most affect apartment residents and owners

There were more than 90 proposed changes to strata laws announced by the NSW Government this week – some are big changes in the concept of property ownership, others are tweaks and finesses to existing laws, bylaws and rules. But what were...

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