ROUNDUP: What’s the rule on catch-all by-laws?


There’s an interesting twist on the question of by-laws and rules that came in the other day – can the owners corp create enabling by-laws that allow them to create rules on a more casual basis.

The answer would have to be yes  … and no.

Yes, because you have to have rules for, for instance, the use of the gym or swimming pool (if you have them) and they have to be backed up by a by-law.

But then you don’t want to have a by-law for every little aspect of mamanment in your strata scheme.

Oh, and just to complicate thing, “rules” is what they call by-laws in Victoria.

But getting back to the original question, what’s the difference between by-laws and rules (in NSW) and can you have a by-law that allows the committee to create enforceable rules as and when they please?  That’s HERE.

Elsewhere in the Forum:

  • Can the committee cancel the entry swipe cards for illicit short-term lets? That’s HERE.
  • The committee says my thermal fire alarms are wired up incorrectly and I have to pay to fix them. Is that right?  That’s HERE.
  • How come strata managers charge so much for photocopying? That’s HERE.
  • Our storage rooms are different from the layout on the strata plan, should we get a new plan drawn up and registered so we can reallocate the unit entitlements? That’s HERE.

You can catch up with all the forum posts you missed over the holidays, here at the Flat Chat Forum.

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