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Who is Responsible for Fixing The Fence?

A fence servicing a strata scheme could be owned by any number of people. To determine ownership and therefore responsibility, the first step is to consult the strata plan. If the fence is located within the air space of a lot but is not shown on the strata plan, then...

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Was the Noise from the Café Downstairs a ‘Nuisance’?

This was the question determined by NCAT’s Appeal Panel on 3 June 2020 in Chehelnabi v Gourmet and Leisure Holdings Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCATAP 102 (03 June 2020). In the first instance, the appellants sought orders from the Tribunal to improve the alleged noises, smells...

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Disposal of Abandoned Goods on Common Property

Seemingly without warning, as of 1 July 2020 section 125 of Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and clauses 32 to 34 of the Strata Schemes Management Regulations 2016 which regulated the disposal of abandoned goods on common property were repealed. The legislation that...

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Strata 101 – What is It and How does It Work?

The University of New South Wales’s City Futures report in June 2020 found that over 1.1 million people, approximately 15% of the NSW population, lives in a strata scheme.  This number is expected to grow year on year. As the number of people residing in a strata...

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NSW Government sets residential developers in its sights

Snapshot The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 imposes greater obligations on developers and introduces significant investigative and enforcement powers for the NSW Government. Developers are now obliged to notify the...

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