Strata

ISSUES CONCERNING EXECUTION OF ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY STATEMENTS

A letter from Bannermans Lawyers to NSW Planning

How Will the Proposed AirBnB Changes Affect Me?

The NSW Government has announced a new approach to short term lettings, including those negotiated through AirBnB and similar online services. These are to be subject to restrictions and regulation. This seems to have been driven by concerns that:

What's a Crane Between Neighbours Worth?

Question:     Are developers required to seek consent from adjoining owners prior to operating cranes over your property?

Answer:      The land owner of a non-strata title building or the owners corporation of a strata title building will normally own the air-space that a crane would swing through and their consent is required.

Air Conditioning Issues Heating Up Your Scheme?

Issues concerning installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems are a common source of disputes in strata schemes. There are a number of reasons for this, but the major problem is the answer to questions like “what approvals do I need to install equipment” and “who is responsible for maintenance of the equipment” depend on circumstance, preventing schemes from adopting a “one size fits all” solution.

Are Termites Eating Away At You?

Managing termites and the damage they can cause is a tricky issue in strata schemes. This is partly because of the wide range of potential scenarios and partly because there are many different views on how far the owners corporation’s obligations go.

Leaf Me Alone: Tree Disputes Between Neighbours

Trees are a frequent source of disputes between neighbours. They can provide privacy and enhance amenity, but they can also annoy neighbours and damage their property. This often leads to disputes, generally involving a person wanting a tree removed or pruned and the neighbour on whose land it is situated refusing to do so.

Facilitate or Discriminate

One of the greatest difficulties for strata schemes and their strata managing agents is balancing the parallel objectives of efficient cost effective administration and an inclusive harmonious environment. Those objectives are often in tension.

Two Lot Schemes

TWO LOT SCHEMES

Two lot strata schemes are fairly common, but they present special challenges to owners. In particular:

Shifting Services Costs and Secret Profits - Owners Getting Shafted

It has become increasingly common for developers to pursue a development in such a way that owners corporations and lot owners are locked in to using various service providers or paying what amount to deferred development costs. This article will consider the most common scenarios and measures which can be taken to address them.

Hand Me Down Services Arrangements - What You Can Do

It has become increasingly common for developers to pursue a development in such a way that owners corporations and lot owners are locked in to using various service providers or paying what amount to deferred development costs. This article will consider the most common scenarios and measures which can be taken to address them.

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