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Bannermans COVID-19 Legal FAQ's: Strata Solutions & Tool Kit

The rapid changes to strata management under COVID-19 have left owners corporations and strata managers alike with many operational questions.

To assist you to navigate this challenging time, we have prepared some answers, solutions and tools to assist with FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS arising from Covid-19 in respect of the following areas:

Recommended Electronic Strata Meeting Processes to reduce the Spread of Coronavirus

In light of the current issues surrounding Covid-19 and the need to minimise potential exposure, prudent managing agents and committees for owners corporations are investigating means by which they can comply with their obligations to hold meetings under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 safely and effectively.

Electronic Transactions Legislative Amendments

As of 22 April 2020, video conferencing technology can be used in the witnessing of important legal documents under amendments made to the Electronic Transactions Regulation 2017 (NSW) (Regulation) by the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 (NSW).

Don’t Believe the Hype: From 10 April 2020, New Section 137A to Enable Owners Corporations to make By-Laws to Prohibit Short-Term Letting Commences

Strata schemes that are looking to reduce or better manage short term lettings within their buildings will welcome a legislative reform package relating to short term lettings, which is due to commence on 10 April 2020. However, key parts of the reform package have been put on hold, needing a rethink in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Dealing with Threatening Behaviour

Things can get very heated in a strata context. Disputes can involve peoples’ homes and living arrangements and can be very personal. They can involve issues and frustrations which have built up over long periods of time.

 

New Strata Managing Agent Licensing Rules - Do Support Staff Need a Licence?

For an overview of the new rules, please read our article Real Estate Industry Reforms – Implications for the Strata Sector.

Real Estate Industry Reforms - Implications for the Strata Sector

The NSW Government is currently implementing a sweeping reform of laws regulating the real estate industry, with an expected start date of 23 March 2020 for most of the reforms.

 

This article will focus on licensing and training issues and stakeholders in the real estate should be aware that the reforms include a range of additional measures beyond the scope of this article, including numerous changes relevant to agency practice.

Others Claiming or Using Your Land: Encroachments & Adverse Possession Claims

With the increasing cost and reducing size of city residential properties, exactly what land is owned by you is becoming a far greater issue.

 

The New Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulations 2019 (NSW)

Amongst the recent raft of changes to the residential building industry, on 1 December 2019 the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulations 2019 (NSW) will commence with a view to providing greater protections to purchasers of residential property from off-the-plan contracts.

What`s Holding You Up? Neighbouring Excavations: The Right to Support

Sydney’s Geology

 

Starting 300 million years ago, a swamp forest started to subside, forming what we now known as the Sydney Basin. Then a river, 5 times bigger than the Amazon, with its origins south-west of Broken Hill,  ground down a mountain range in Antarctica (which was then attached to the Australian continent) depositing silica sands into the basin, later to become the region’s most noted geological characteristic, sandstone.

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