When does my strata management agreement end under the new law?

Savina YangMarch 30th, 2017

The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“Act”) has made significant changes to the way strata managing agents are appointed by owners corporations. Under section 50 of the Act, if a strata managing agent is appointed at the first AGM, the term of appointment must not be for more than 12 months. In any other case, […]

Breaking the Glass Wall? When a Lobby is not a ‘Shared Facility’

Natalee VenegasFebruary 27th, 2017

In the recent decision of The Owners – Strata Plan No 72381 v The Owners – Strata Plan No 71067 [2016] NSWSC 1857 the Supreme Court of NSW had to look into a confusing strata management statement to decide whether the installation of a glass doorway within the lobby area of the World Tower building […]

Renovation Works – NSW Strata Law Reforms

Savina YangAugust 30th, 2016

The new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (“Act”) and the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 (NSW) (“Regulation”) will commence on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. The new law has introduced a more simplified approval process for lot owners who want to carry out certain renovation works at their lots. In today’s article, we will explore the […]

A win for builders, yet another blow for owners

Amanda FarmerOctober 9th, 2014

The High Court has found that there is no duty of care owed by a builder to an owners corporation in respect of pure economic loss flowing from latent defects in construction work.

Strata managers adding debt recovery expenses to a lot owner’s account

Amanda FarmerMay 1st, 2014

Adding debt recovery expenses (sometimes referred to as ‘section 80 expenses’) to a lot owner’s account is a widespread and rarely questioned practice amongst NSW strata managers.

A Local Court Assessor has recently confirmed that, in most cases, it is illegal: The Owners – Strata Plan No 52098 v Khalil [2014] NSWLC 2

Can we stop telcos from accessing our building?

Amanda FarmerMarch 19th, 2014

Building owners are understandably concerned and confused when they receive written notice from a telecommunications carrier (“telco”) informing them that the telco will be accessing the building on short notice to install telecommunications facilities.

Court of Appeal allows building defects claim in negligence for commercial strata

Savina YangOctober 22nd, 2013

The NSW Court of Appeal has found that a builder owes a duty of care to a commercial owners corporation.

The court’s power to create easements over common property

Georgia Kate MorganOctober 22nd, 2013

The Supreme Court has granted a lot owner an easement over common property, permitting the lot owner to use a grease trap installed on common property without the consent of the Owners Corporation.