Reform of the strata and community scheme laws
Strata schemes are effectively small communities where the activities and attitudes of residents can have a significant impact on the satisfaction and enjoyment of others. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your responsibilities and obligations when you own or live in a strata unit.
Whilst strata living can provide a friendly community style environment, it helps to remember that it is not the same as living in a freestanding house. Some activities may be more restricted in a strata scheme, for example, where you can park your car, hang your washing or when and how you can renovate. Understanding these differences before buying or moving into a strata scheme can help reduce the likelihood of disputes over these activities later on.
The key features of living in a strata scheme are:
Read more about strata schemes:
All residential accommodation across NSW must have at least one working smoke alarm.
The Owners Corporation Network of Australia has produced three guides for people living in strata schemes. The guides have been funded by NSW Fair Trading and cover the following topics:
Go to the Owners Corporation Network of Australia's website to view the guides.
Strata Community Australia provides a free online course on Executive Committee Governance providing participants with basic knowledge about Executive Committee membership in a strata plan.
The course covers:
Go to the Strata Community Australia (NSW) website for more information and to access the course.
The organisation also provides strata owners with a forum, seminars and access to service providers during its annual Strata Owners Day; part of the SCA (NSW) Convention. The 2014 Convention will be held over 24-25 October. For details visit the Strata Community Australia - Events page.
UNSW City Futures Research Centre is inviting people who own, or live in, a strata property to share their thoughts about renewing strata unit housing. Take part in the survey at the UNSW Renewing Compact City page.