Building rules/by-laws

A neighbour continues to wake us at 2am. What can we do? – Peter, NSW

Q: A neighbour with a bedroom directly above ours has removed carpet and now has the odd rug, but otherwise floorboards. …

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What can the Body Corporate do if they are not happy with a dog in the apartment? – Audrey, QLD

Q: In mid-November 2018 my husband and I bought an apartment in Townsville. We asked the Body Corporate if we could …

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We have a two-year-old and live near a chain smoker. What can we do about secondhand smoke? Our greatest concern is our baby. – Adam, NSW

Q: Hi. I’m living in a rented apartment in a block in Sydney. We have a two year old. Are there …

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One unit in our block is infested by pests and has an unpleasant smell. What can we or strata do? – Maurice, NSW

Q: One unit in our block has an infestation of cockroaches. The owner is an alcoholic hoarder with cats. The smell …

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I am interested to know about what to do if cigarette smoke is drifting into my apartment from another apartment. – Christina, QLD

Hi Christina, this is a common issue in strata living as smoke may drift in from neighbouring apartments and common areas …

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Can you smoke at night on your own balcony? – Nadeem, NSW

Hello Nadeem, you will need to consult the by-laws for your strata plan, as there might be a by-law restricting smoking …

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Is parking in a common area driveway allowed? – Georgina, NSW

Hi Georgina, you will need to check the by-laws for your specific plan. At times owners might be granted permission to …

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Are we required by law to have an annual fire safety inspection. – Lynne, NSW

Hi Lynne, this is dependant on a few factors such as type of building, age, location. The fire regulations have been …

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