With the unprecedented rainfall that Australia has recently experienced, properties are being put under stress, testing the patience of every strata manager fielding numerous complaints about water leaks into strata lots. So who's responsible?
A recent NCAT decision has recognised that even though a lot owner smokes inside their lot, they still may be in breach of the by-laws of the owners corporation and leave themselves open to a penalty being imposed by NCAT.
Recent torrential rain has sparked renewed fears of mould in people’s homes which can cause dangerous health problems. As the wet weather continues the strata sector is at risk of increased mould growth.
The last 12 months have been a whirlwind of activity for REINSW’s Chapter Committees. Always going above and beyond, their dedicated and focused work has led the industry through the most challenging of times resulting in some major achievements.
“Since the commencement of amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act in November 2016, tenants have had the right to be given notice of and attend Owners’ Corporation meetings,” Nicole Unger, REINSW General Counsel, said.
The matters to be included in capital works fund plans need to be clarified and the annual savings needed to fund anticipated expenditure should be set out.
In the face of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many strata schemes were left in a position where they were unable to function because they had not passed an ordinary resolution authorising electronic meetings and voting.
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