New Laws Make Owners Renovations Easier – NSW


SSKB strata managers looks at changes to NSW legislation regarding renovations in strata communities.

New strata laws apply in New South Wales from 30 November. SSKB has reviewed these new laws and in response to enquiries from our clients, we address five of the major changes that will affect your community. If you have any further questions regarding these changes, please contact your SSKB strata manager.

Did you know that you could be in breach of current Owners Corporations laws by inserting a picture hook on a wall in your own apartment?

That is one of the technical anomalies that will be eliminated when the new strata laws come in force from Wednesday, 30 November.

As the current law stands, inserting a picture hook into a boundary wall is considered to be a change to the common property, which requires the approval of a special resolution at a general meeting.

These reforms will provide clearer, common sense approvals for owner renovations.

The legislation spells out what it considers minor renovations on which owners won’t require the approval of the Owners Corporation. These include:

  • removing carpet or other soft floor coverings to expose underlying wooden or other hard floors,
  • installing a rainwater tank,
  • installing a clothesline,
  • installing a reverse cycle split system air conditioner,
  • installing double or triple glazed windows,
  • installing a heat pump,
  • installing ceiling insulation

Renovations with a lasting impact such as installing floorboards will require approval but only a general resolution (50% of the vote). As the law stands at the moment, renovations of that type would require a special resolution which would require the Owners Corporation to vote with no less than 25% voting against granting permission.

Of course, renovations that affect the structure or external appearance of the building, or waterproofing, will still require a special resolution, which is 75% of the vote.

If you would like to know more about this change and others which are coming from November 30, the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 is available here.



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