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[adapted from podcast episode 001 – what is strata?] What exactly is strata? What are by-laws? What are strata levies? What is all this paperwork I have in my mailbox and what am I supposed to do about it? Help! Strata is unique. It can be complicated. It can be old fashioned. It can…
In order for an owners corporation to repeal an exclusive use by-law that confers on the owner of a lot, or the owners of several lots, certain rights or privileges to use a part of the common property, section 52 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (“SSMA”) requires the written consent of the owner(s) of the lot(s) concerned. In general, this means the written consent of the owners receiving the benefit of the common property in question.
Now and then I am called upon to attend strata meetings on behalf of lot owners, owners corporations or strata managers. Over the years, I have picked up a few tips comes to the way in which an efficient strata meeting is run. Here are 6:
Strata essentials: these are the 6 things you absolutely must know about owning a strata property: by-laws, levies, lot property vs common property, meetings, strata manager, committee.
Recently, I was invited by strata management company Dynamic Property Services to sit on a panel, together with other strata ‘experts’, and answer a range of questions asked by strata owners.
One of those questions was: what to do about short term letting in strata?
Below I share with you my personal notes made in preparation for answering the various aspects of that important question:
Previously, I wrote about when and how a resident of a strata scheme can keep pets in their lot.
Today, I set out the process than can be undertaken if the owners corporation has rejected your request to keep a pet.
So, you have written to the executive committee, enclosing a photo of Max lying on the grass with three other dogs at the park, belly up:
When I was a kid, my Christmas wish-list every year included a puppy. But all I remember was receiving different pairs of I-swear-they-are-fashionable-funky-socks and some you-will-grow-into-them-sweaters from my parents. I must admit, Santa and I were not on the best of terms for a long time. But eventually, I realised the real obstacle standing between Father Christmas and my fulfilling childhood were the by-laws for our unit block.
Have you ever dreamed of living in a ‘New York’ style high-rise apartment looking over the alluring lights of the city? I know I have, particularly after the first episode of Suits where they showed Harvey Specter’s apartment.
However, living in a high-rise residential building is not just about throwing fancy dinner parties to make your friends jealous, despite your fear of heights.