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What’s new for Owners

It’s a new era in strata for owners. It’s now simpler for you to:

  • get renovations approved
  • deal with parking issues
  • review your strata rules (by-laws) and have your say on issues like pets and cigarette smoke when considering any updates that should be made
  • get involved and stay up to date with what’s happening in your strata block, with new online meeting and voting options
  • collectively sell or renew your strata block, if at least 75% of the owners agree and other conditions are met.

Find out how else the new laws affect you.

Owners must review their strata scheme’s by-laws by 30 November 2017

Owners must review the by-laws of their strata scheme by 30 November 2017. Schemes can use the new model by-laws as a guide. Make sure you are part of the conversations and meetings that could change the by-laws of your strata complex.

By-laws (rules)

New model by-laws (rules) are now available. These include new model rules relating to keeping pets and dealing with cigarette smoke. All strata schemes must review their by-laws by 30 November 2017. Owners should consider which updates would best suit their lifestyles and can use the model by-laws as a guide.

Read more about by-laws
Renovations

Getting renovations approved is now simpler. Cosmetic changes that affect common property no longer need approval. There is also a streamlined approval process that makes it clear what approval is needed for minor changes (for example, kitchen renovations), and how to gain permission for major or structural changes (for example, renovations that require waterproofing).

Read more about renovations
Parking

There are new options for dealing with unauthorised parking. Strata schemes can approach their local council about parking enforcement services. The council may then decide to enter into an agreement with the strata scheme to provide parking management on the premises for a fee.

Read more about parking in strata
Electronic communications

Owners can now adopt electronic communications to suit their collective needs. This includes online voting, emailing meeting papers, allowing people to phone-in to meetings and more.

Read more about online options for meetings and voting
Disputes

The new laws allow strata schemes to have their own process for resolving internal disputes. However, the parties can choose to use free mediation offered by NSW Fair Trading instead (or if they cannot reach a resolution through internal processes). It is also now easier for strata schemes to penalise people who have repeatedly breached a rule (by-law). The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has wider powers to deal with strata related disputes, including recovering unpaid levies.

Read more about resolving disputes
Collective sale of a strata scheme

Owners can collectively sell and redevelop their block if 75% of the lot owners agree and if certain requirements are met. Each owner must have at least 60 days to consider the 'strata renewal plan' and the NSW Land and Environment Court must check and approve all plans and approvals. All owners must receive at least market value for their property.

Read more about collective sale and renewal
Strata managing agents

There are new accountability measures and obligations for strata managing agents, including new disclosure requirements and limits on appointment terms.

Read more about strata managers’ responsibilities

Did you know? Many new requirements do not impact strata schemes immediately. For example, pre-appointed strata professionals and members of the executive committee (now strata committee) can continue in their roles as part of transitional arrangements. Read more about transitioning to new requirements.

Translated information to communicate the key changes

Download a PDF poster or posters to display on the noticeboard of your strata scheme:

 

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