Strata

Embedded Networks - Government Action Required

Embedded networks, in a strata context, involve installation, during the construction phase, of infrastructure required for delivery of various utilities and services, which is owned by a third party, rather than the owners corporation. Typically, this involves electricity, but other services can be involved, e.g. solar electricity or heating, gas, heating, air conditioning, potable water, hot water, chilled water for cooling, telephone, internet access, storm water and waste removal systems.

Short Term Lettings - Draft Code & Regulations Released

The NSW Government has released draft documents shedding some light on how the new legislation regulating short term lettings will work in practice. However, they pose as many questions as they answer. Further, the documents are currently being exhibited for public feedback and changes are likely.

Operating a Social Media Platform? Are you at Risk of Defamation Proceedings?

Any business with a Facebook, Twitter or other social media presence should be concerned about a recent Supreme Court decision, Voller v Nationwide News Pty Limited [2019] NSWSC 766, which in essence found that media organisations published comments by third parties made on their websites or pages on social media platforms, even if they were unaware of them and hence could be liable for them if they were defamatory. There is likely to be an appeal, but many experts doubt that the decision will be overturned.

Is an Argument Between Neighbours Worth $120,000?

The decision of Raynor v Murray [2019] NSWDC 189 which was decided in the District Court of the NSW in May has landed a resident in a strata building an order for $120,000 in damages, confirming the law of defamation can be applied to strata disputes.

The Ultimate Guide on Pre-Purchase Strata Inspection Reports - What You Need to Know!

If you are intending to purchase a strata unit, you should obtain a strata inspection report before exchange or during the initial period. The report should provide you with important information that will assist in your decision to purchase the property.

NSW Planning Letter - Issues Concerning Embedded Networks in Strata Schemes

A letter from Bannermans Lawyers to NSW Planning

Stuck with an Embedded Network? Looking for a Way Out?

Embedded networks are becoming more and more common in strata developments and more and more new lot owners are becoming aware too late what an expensive trap these can be.

Although these arrangements most commonly involve electricity, they can involve a wide range of other services, e.g. solar electricity or heating, gas, heating, air conditioning, potable water, hot water, chilled water for cooling, telephone, internet access, storm water and waste removal systems.

My Unit has been Leaking for Years and the Owners Corporation is doing Nothing - What can I do?

Is the owners corporation required to repair and maintain the common property?

Yes. Generally speaking, there is a strict obligation for the owners corporation to repair and maintain the common property under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015. 

"Off the Plan" Purchase Regrets - Top 5 Potential Solutions

Sale of strata apartments “off the plan”, i.e. before they are built, are common with new developments. In a rising market, purchasers are keen not to miss out or to lock in a price which they expect to be less than the value of the apartment when completed.

Difficulties Paying Strata Levies? How to Change the Amount or when it needs to be Paid

Strata Levies are part and parcel of ownership of lots within a strata scheme. The owners corporation is entitled to make decisions about the striking of levies to meet its present and future expenses, and lot owners are required to make levy payments to continue to remain financial and capable to contributing to the decision-making within a scheme.

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