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.
Under current strata laws, residents are not allowed to create a “nuisance or hazard”that interferes with another person enjoying their lot or common property.
If the smoker or barbecue fanatic fails to comply, the matter could be taken to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which has the power to issue a fine.
If the tribunal finds there has been a breach, residents who create too much smoke drift could face fines of up to $1100 – double the penalty under old laws.
The penalty will double to $2200 if the same offence occurs within 12 months.
Megan Crisp lives in an apartment block in Sydney’s north-west and has smokers living next to, above and below her.
“I can’t go out on the balcony, not until after they are gone, and usually I have to shut the doors,” Ms Crisp said.