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    Jimmy-T
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    Here are some links I use fairly often for various reasons … If any of these are broken or don’t exist any more, please let us know on mail@flat-chat.com.au/

    Owners Corporation Network (OCN) is the peak apartment owners’ body for Australia. Growing in size and influence.

    Fair Trading strata section – the part of the bit of the NSW Government that looks after apartments, units and townhouses. This is where you’ll find information such as their Strata Living handbook.

    The Fair Trading website is handy for the general overview but for specifics, you may have to look elsewhere.  However, they finally have easily accessible PROXY FORMS – proxy votes have to be on specific forms, not a scribbled note on the back of a cigarette packet – NOTICE TO COMPLY forms and application forms for MEDIATION – the essential first step in an complaints procedure through Fair Trading and then the CTTT.  Just download the forms, print them off and fill them in and post them – easy as that.

    By now, if you don’t have a pdf reader to read all the stuff posted on these links, you will want one. The original and probably the best is from Adobe and it’s free.

    Specialist strata lawyers include our sponsors Sachs, Gerace & BroomeStephen GoddardColin GraceBannermans. and David Le Page among others.

    Strata managers Strata Choice have been the major sponsors of this website from day one and they also manage the building I live in … say no more!

    If you want good, basic answers to straight strata questions, the StrataMan website is a good place to start.

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    Paul2000
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    Here is some interesting information on Common Property which may answer a few questions.

     

    https://nsw.stratacommunity.org.au/resources/638/Who%20is%20Responsible.pdf

    #17764
    Jimmy-T
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    Yes, it’s very handy but remember, it’s not the law unless you adopt it (or a variation of it) through a by-law.
    On the other hand, if you do get into a dispute, Fair Trading mediators and CTTT adjudicators will almost certainly refer to it (or a similar document) as a guideline.

    #17768
    Paul2000
    Flatchatter

    Basically the Common Property is determined by how it is shown on the registered strata plan. Additionally there are guidelines set down under various legislations which assist in determining what common property actually is. There is some further information here:

    https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Tenants_and_home_owners/Strata_schemes/Common_property_and_the_lot.html

    I don’t know that you can actually just pass a by-law determining some area or other is (or is not) common property?

    We have a situation in our small block where a non resident owner is claiming that a small store room which is clearly shown on the strata plan as common property is part of her lot because 20 years ago a real estate agent told her mother that it was.

    #17729
    Jimmy-T
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    The point of the “who is responsible for what …” document referred to above is not to redefine common property but for the Owners Corp to agree on what they will look after and what they won’t, without further debate or discussion.

    But if there is something in there that is still their legal responsibility, then it can be challenged at NCAT or in court.  It’s just a way of avoiding having to redefine  everything every time someone has a complaint.

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