Strata

Is an Argument Between Neighbours Worth $120,000?

The decision of Raynor v Murray [2019] NSWDC 189 which was decided in the District Court of the NSW in May has landed a resident in a strata building an order for $120,000 in damages, confirming the law of defamation can be applied to strata disputes.

The Ultimate Guide on Pre-Purchase Strata Inspection Reports - What You Need to Know!

If you are intending to purchase a strata unit, you should obtain a strata inspection report before exchange or during the initial period. The report should provide you with important information that will assist in your decision to purchase the property.

NSW Planning Letter - Issues Concerning Embedded Networks in Strata Schemes

A letter from Bannermans Lawyers to NSW Planning

Stuck with an Embedded Network? Looking for a Way Out?

Embedded networks are becoming more and more common in strata developments and more and more new lot owners are becoming aware too late what an expensive trap these can be.

Although these arrangements most commonly involve electricity, they can involve a wide range of other services, e.g. solar electricity or heating, gas, heating, air conditioning, potable water, hot water, chilled water for cooling, telephone, internet access, storm water and waste removal systems.

My Unit has been Leaking for Years and the Owners Corporation is doing Nothing - What can I do?

Is the owners corporation required to repair and maintain the common property?

Yes. Generally speaking, there is a strict obligation for the owners corporation to repair and maintain the common property under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015. 

"Off the Plan" Purchase Regrets - Top 5 Potential Solutions

Sale of strata apartments “off the plan”, i.e. before they are built, are common with new developments. In a rising market, purchasers are keen not to miss out or to lock in a price which they expect to be less than the value of the apartment when completed.

Difficulties Paying Strata Levies? How to Change the Amount or when it needs to be Paid

Strata Levies are part and parcel of ownership of lots within a strata scheme. The owners corporation is entitled to make decisions about the striking of levies to meet its present and future expenses, and lot owners are required to make levy payments to continue to remain financial and capable to contributing to the decision-making within a scheme.

"Off the Plan" Sales | What Vendors Need to do in the Current Market

Sale of strata apartments “off the plan”, i.e. before they are built, has long been common with new developments. Developers typically require pre sales to satisfy lending requirements. Purchasers have historically been keen not to miss out or to lock in a price which they expect to be less than the value of the apartment when completed. However, in the current market, purchasers may have lost that enthusiasm and be looking to a way out of the contract.

How Secure is your Strata Scheme?

Security measures strata schemes can and should consider taking

Security can sometimes be a tricky issue for owners corporations who need to balance the rights of owners and occupiers to access and use both common property and lot property with the scheme’s obligations to restrict unauthorised third parties from accessing the building and to minimise the risk of crimes such as break ins, theft or damage.    

Security Cameras - Who is Watching and Listening to you?

Security cameras in strata schemes are becoming more common. What these cameras can legally record, who retains the footage and who has a right to view the footage are all important issues for owners corporations that already have, or are considering installing security cameras.

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