What’s new for Tenants
It’s a new era for tenants living in strata. It is now easier to raise issues and find out what is happening in your strata block. You can:
- be represented on strata committees, if at least half of the units in your scheme are rented
- attend meetings of the owners corporation, where major decisions are made.
Find out how else the new laws affect you.
Your strata rules could change
Your strata rules (called by-laws) affect what you can do in your property. Examples include if you can keep pets and where you can smoke (remember: you need your landlord’s permission on these issues). Owners have until 30 November 2017 to review your scheme’s current rules. Ask your landlord or property manager for a copy of your scheme’s by-laws if you don’t already have a copy.
Tenants may now have a representative on the strata committee if at least half of the units in their strata block are tenanted. You and your fellow tenants elect the representative, who would then be able to take issues to the strata committee – the committee that looks after day-to-day matters in your strata scheme. Ensure that your landlord notifies the owners corporation of your tenancy by completing a tenancy notice.Read more about tenant participation
Owners must review your scheme’s strata rules (by-laws) by 30 November 2017. Your strata rules affect what you can do in your property. Examples include if you can keep pets and where you can smoke (remember: you need your landlord’s permission on these issues). Higher fines now apply for breaching strata rules. If you don’t have a copy of the by-laws, ask your landlord or property manager for a copy.Read more about by-laws.
It is now easier to get approval for strata repairs and renovations. However, you still need your landlord’s permission to alter the property you are renting.Read more about renovations in strata
There are new options for dealing with unauthorised parking. Strata schemes can approach their local council to provide parking enforcement services.Read more about parking in strata