NSW strata laws to change


A position paper has now been released by the NSW government, outlining 70 proposed changes to strata legislation.

NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts made the announcement on November 14, 2013.

Mr Roberts said there were more than 72,000 strata schemes in NSW and an average of five new schemes registered each day.

“It is estimated that by 2030 half of Sydney’s housing stock will be multi-unit dwellings and the proposed reforms will strengthen a culture of community and cooperation in strata,” Mr Roberts said.

“They support democratic, accountable and transparent decision-making and empower strata communities to chart their own futures.”

The proposed changes include:

  • Limits on how many people occupy lots to avoid over crowding
  • The model by-laws will allow for certain pets and prohibit smoke drift where it causes a nuisance or hazard;
  • Hardwood floors will need owners corporation approval;
  • Notice will be required for changes such as refitting a bathroom but approval will not be required for minor cosmetic changes such as painting a wall or inserting a picture hook;
  • Owners Corporations entering joint ventures with local council to prevent unauthorised parking
  • The limiting of proxy votes to prevent an individual or group controlling decisions; and
  •  Documents may be issued and meetings held electronically as an alternative method to traditional paperwork processes and meetings

What has been the process to get to these proposed changes?

  • In December 2011, the review commenced.
  • There was an online consultation forum which closed February 2012.
  • From this forum came a discussion paper which outlined vast issues.
  • The public was invited to comment on options for reform.
  • The closing date for comment was November 2012.
  • Comments and submissions were thoroughly analysed and examined.
  • In 2013 a series of meetings took place involving strata experts and stakeholders on some of the key issues addressed.
  • The meetings received a high level of support all involved and contributed to the development of the Government’s strata and community title law reform package.

The NSW Government is reforming the NSW strata and community scheme laws to ensure the laws are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Follow the link and view the Strata and Community Title Position paper here.

Follow the link to visit the NSW Government Fair Trading website for more information.

 



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