Building compliance

Who is responsible for installing and paying for a waterproof membrane in a leaking shower recess in a property built before waterproof membranes were required under the BCA? – Marilyn, NSW

In New South Wales, waterproofing is categorised as a major renovation work. Also, walls and shared plumbing are generally part of …

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How to lodge a complaint against a strata manager for carrying out installation work on the property without owners corporation approval or due procedure? – Colin, NSW

How do I officially lodge a complaint about a strata manager who has approved payment (expenditure), for a large and expensive …

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My neighbour refuses to share the insurance costs in our 1×2 duplex and this is affecting my insurance. What are my options? – Helen, NSW

I live in a 1×2 duplex in a strata title. My neighbour won’t go half’s in insurance, as he says can’t …

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My spa application has been knocked back. Should I proceed to the tribunal? – Therese, NSW

Your spa application will require certain approvals. The NSW Office of Fair Trading details that any minor or major renovations will …

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What are strata property rules regarding noise ratings on hard floors? – Zara, NSW

What are the NSW rules for strata plans regarding noise ratings on hard floors. I am thinking about replacing my very …

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Do all bathroom renovations need strata committee approval? – Garry, NSW

I want to renovate a bathroom in my apartment . There will be no movement of plumbing but new tiling walls …

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Do I have to take down a deck built without committee or body corporate approval? – Joan, QLD

We have erected a small deck in our small back yard we have exclusive use of it. It is within council …

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Can window tinting be refused by strata committee? – Harry, NSW

Can window tinting be refused by the strata committee? Apart from health issues where our bedrooms are reaching temperatures above 50 …

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I live at a building with repeated water damage – what are the reasons for my building’s insurance excess rising? – Kathryn, VIC

The insurance excess may change anytime and it is negotiated using a number of factors, the one carrying the most weight …

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Can I add an above-ground swimming pool to my strata titled backyard? – Donna, QLD

A lock has been put on the pool gate and the only person who has the remote is the on site …

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Does the Owners Corporation have a legal obligation to keep strata information confidential?  – Teresa, NSW

Most owners corporation records are searchable (generally by people looking to buy into the property).

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How do I go about having an air conditioning unit installed in accordance with strata laws? Irene, NSW

The rules and requirements regarding installing air-conditioning varies from property to property.

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