Building rules/by-laws

Who is liable for damage to common property? – Patrick, QLD

Q: Who is liable for damage to common property (an exit-light fitting) caused when an owner used what proved to be …

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Do we need to seek approval to install a doggy door for our dog to access outside? – Hayley, NSW

Q: Hi, we recently purchased into a strata lot. We have approval to keep our dog in the property, do we …

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Parking across garage entrances and on common property

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Could you please clarify the laws regarding parking on non-allocated parking areas on common property in Victoria? For example, if someone …

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I’m concerned my renovations won’t be approved by my committee

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I recently purchased a unit and started some renovations without approval. It was only for a new kitchen splashback, new floor …

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Can other owners stop me from entering common areas?

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As a lot owner, can I be refused entry to common areas by another occupier?

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All lot owners have access to …

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Our residents don’t read or comply with our by-laws – help needed!

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I’m on my committee, and I find that a lot of owners or tenants do not read or comply with the …

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I received a notice that I breached a by-law, what will happen?

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I live in a small complex of units with only one drying area and one clothesline for 12 units. Occasionally, …

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Could Airbnb jeopardise our insurance?

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We’re in a block of six units, one is being let through Airbnb. This is in breach of the council zoning …

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How will visitors to the property know you can’t smoke here? – Roslyn, NSW

Q: Smoking has been recently banned on common grounds in my unit block (including ALL balconies). However, if there is a …

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Our elderly neighbour blocks the garage with their car. Without a body corporate, how to we remedy this? – Will, VIC

Q: We have a shared driveway for two dwellings. Our elderly neighbour parks their car in front of their garage, so …

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Can you explain in broad terms what common property actually is? – Peter, NSW

Common property is generally external to your lot (i.e. not inside your apartment) and a shared space with your neighbours/other owners …

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