August Strata News Wrap-Up


Becoming part of a body corporate or owners corporation committee is an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference in your community.

But for the first time committee member, it can be daunting to familiarise yourself with the specific rules and regulation that govern strata titled communities.

Adding complexity is that rules can also vary from state to state.

Your SSKB strata manager is a wealth of experience and information and is only too happy to answer your questions.

In addition, you may wish to do some additional reading, so we’re delighted to show some of the most recent news pertaining to your state:

Queensland

From Common Ground newsletter edition #15, a message from Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management:

My Office gets many queries about the interpretation of the body corporate legislation. The Information Service cannot provide this interpretation and instead refer customers to a search of past adjudicators orders to see how certain provisions may have been interpreted in particular circumstances.

Looking more generally, the Information Service often gets queries about ‘precedent’ adjudication orders. I would suggest that the word ‘precedent’ is not necessarily the best descriptor. Certainly, any order provides good guidance for how a similar application will likely proceed. However the result of each application will depend on the specific circumstances and the arguments presented by the parties. Critically, every case is considered on its merits.

 

New South Wales

Reforms to benefit the more than two million people in NSW who own, rent or manage strata will come into effect from 30 November 2016.

After an extensive public consultation over five years and 3000 submissions, over 90 amendments to the strata legislation will aim to reduce red tape, help strata communities avoid disputes and support the sector into the future.

Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, explained, “The last major reform to strata was back in 1973, and parts of the legislation are no longer relevant in this day and age.

“The number of submissions from the public and major stakeholders indicates a substantial level of engagement and interest in bringing strata legislation into the 21st century,” he said.

Included in the comprehensive package will be reforms to empower strata schemes to shape their community rules, including those involving pets, smoking and parking.

 

Victoria

People living in apartments will not be able to stop other landlords renting their properties on Airbnb to short term tenants, a landmark Supreme Court decision has found.

In a decision that clears the way for Airbnb and other short-term leasing sites to freely operate in Melbourne’s apartment buildings, the Victorian Supreme Court found owners corporations could not make rules to ban short stay operators.

Details on the ruling can be found here and here.



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