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Our strata is in NSW and all townhouses. Child Safety locks fitted in May 2018 and we have the certificate saying we comply (all works done by registered locksmith). At our ‘virtual’ AGM late last yr the Strata Mgr had 3 alternatives for checking the CSLocks send tradesperson to check each window / another choice sorry can’t remember / or written self check by owners / tenants.
After being a bit surprised at this the AGM participants opted for self check by residents. SM sent out first letter requesting residents to respond (300) 2nd and 3rd request again approx (300). our Strata committee received report of whom hadn’t replied – (our Strata Committee has contacted these 5 owners directly). Our SM wants to send tradesperson to check these properties and we have 7 days to approve or they will just go ahead at a cost of (60) per property (another 300) … Really!! –
In 2017 we asked the question here in this forum regarding ‘compliance’ and if follow-up visits were in the legislation. As at 2018 and my searching today and yesterday there appears to be no update to the legislation that Strata Plans have to get a ‘registered’ trade to check these locks are insitu or need repairing.
Posted this question in 2017 Lady Penelope answered – the legislation does not seem to indicate that annual compliance checks for window lock are required. Windows and thier fittings are common property. Windows are not checked annually. there is an expectation that owners will notify the OC if there are maintenance issues with common property and this would include window locks.
My question is has there been a change or addition to the legislation requiring Strata Plans (NSW) to have compliance checks (annually / bi annually / or at all??) Have searched FairTrading / NSW Strata Mgnt Act / 118 Strata Act wording / Hansard…. and other websites. Given that the original legislation stated very clever and brief – words to the effect ” all strata buildings with a residental component must have CSL fitted” – very consice and to the point!!
Which begs the questions why are SM’s possibly flouting a requirement albeit very grey and pushing for checks when it’s not legislated. Let alone the locksmith sending an email every year saying they can come and do a check of all locks for (40-55) each property. Which was politely refused.
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