Strata News

New NSW Short-term Holiday Letting Reforms Passed

The new regulatory framework to govern short-term holiday letting proposed by the NSW government in June has now passed parliament. The new framework is expected to come into effect in 2019. To recap, the new rules affect Strata corporations, owners and tenants and...

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External wall cladding is now a major defect

The Home Building Regulation has been amended to classify external flammable wall cladding as a major defect. Homeowners who purchase units or townhouses with unsafe external wall cladding, will now have up to six years after completion of the build to get repairs or...

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NSW Government make announcement on short-term letting

The NSW Government have announced new rules regarding short-term letting for Strata corporations, owners and tenants. Here's a summary of the new rules: Owners corporations may prevent a host from short-term letting their block (on sites like AirBNB and HomeAway) if...

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Cladding: Checks and Your Duty of Disclosure

Compulsory checks for combustible cladding Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, the NSW Government announced a wide-ranging fire safety package in response to the fire safety risks posed by external wall cladding. As part of the package, the NSW Government...

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Building Bonds – Have your say by 11th May 2018

The NSW Government is proposing a small set of changes to Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (the Act) which introduced the Strata building bond and inspections scheme (the scheme). Under the scheme, developers are required to lodge a bond of 2% of a...

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Tenants Representatives on Strata Committees

Tenants (whose landlords have provided a tenancy notice to the owners corporation, as required) have the right to attend meetings of the owners corporation, but not to speak without the permission of the owners, or vote unless they hold a proxy. They may be excluded...

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Scheme Parking Rules

Residents or their visitors are not entitled to park in other lot owners’ spaces, on common property or in spaces allocated to emergency vehicles. Visitors can only park in allocated visitors’ spaces for a reasonable time, or as indicated in any signage. if an...

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Window Safety Device Requirements

March 13, 2018 looms as an important date as new regulations regarding common property window openings come into play. Quoting the department of fair trading: To prevent children falling from windows, all strata buildings in NSW must be fitted with devices that enable...

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Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding

This month saw the launch of a new campaign from the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce which is aimed at NSW residents of apartment blocks. NSW fair trading advises: The Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce launched a campaign this month,...

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Changes to Swimming Pool Register

From 1 January 2018 NSW Fair Trading took over the administrative functions for the swimming pools register from the Office of Local Government. Remember if your Strata owns a swimming pool in NSW it must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. There is a...

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