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    I have a 5yr old doggy best friend and bought my apartment in inner city Sydney because its by-law states that:

    Keeping of a cat, small dog, caged bird or fish without approval, but must notify the Owners Corporation. All other pets require approval first. 

    I just received the agenda for our AGM and there is a proposal for Amendment to Pets Bylaw:

    a. Pursuant to Section 141 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) to make changes to By Law 16 – Keeping of Animals in the following terms (one option to be selected):

    Option 1:

    1. an owner or occupier of a lot must not, without the prior written approval of the owners corporation, keep any animal (except fish kept in a secure aquarium on the lot) on the lot or the common property. The owners corporation must not unreasonably withhold its approval of the keeping of an animal on a lot or the common property. 

    Option 2:

    2. An owner or occupier of a lot must not keep any animal on the lot or the common property. 

    There is a small note that all current approved pets in the complex will remain approved but no new animals will be approved (if option 2 is chosen).


    My Questions Are:

    1. How do I go about voting down this change? I know I need to write to other residents and gain proxies but I have never done this before and I would like some tips for dos and don’ts.
    2. What would be the best strategy to convince people at the AGM that changing the by law is unnecessary? I love that we are a pet friendly building. 3 out of 6 apartments on my floor alone has pets. 

    Side note: This amendment has arisen from ONE particular committee member. I know this because she is my downstairs neighbour and we have many unpleasant exchanges regarding my dog and general noisiness…I’m a school teacher in my late 30s. I can promise you I am not noisy. She has left me abusive notes and text messages and has great sway with the strata company. I have, in turn reported her harassment over the years to the police. She moved out recently and her last act was to call the City of Sydney Council Ranger to my place. Upon speaking to me and my next door neighbours, the ranger assured me that she has no case (not to mention that she has moved out). 

    So it is hard for me not to take this personally. But I want to go about voting down the motion the right way, I have no desire to get personal at the meeting, merely stating the facts. 

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


    Dog Lover 

    Flame Tree

    This reads as though you/owners are voting to keep things as they are now, or alternately choose to change it for new arrivals. You should be fine and it would be a big call to ask current owners to remove their current pets to where? (some will be registered with the OC but as always many wont be, as is always the case). You might like to help win your preference by discussing this with other owners directly in a friendly way, esp other pet owners or those who wont care either way so may just as easily fall your way. Also, you might like to ensure to yourself your pet doesn’t make noise as plenty do but the owner isn’t there to hear it, or is, and thinks it wouldn’t be an issue to others when it can be. Finally, it’s not the size of the animal – a small yapper can make a lot more noise than a big dog who likes to quietly read and watch tv.


    Please send picture of the “big dog who likes to read and watch TV”.

    Flame Tree


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