Strata property matters

Our administrative fund for our set of units is in negative figures and I’m unable to reach the body corporate manager for clarity. What should I do? – Kim, QLD

The administrative fund for our set of units is in negative figures. I have rung the body corporate managers a number …

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I’m concerned about cigarette smoke drift into my apartment – what can I do? – Jess, NSW

With respect to smoke drift, it’s important to clarify where the person is smoking – if they’re doing so within their …

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Can I compel my strata committee to explain budget variances in the annual financial statements? – Peter, NSW

If you are looking for clarity on your strata financial statements, you can submit a motion with the secretary of the …

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My strata committee has undertaken unapproved works – what can I do and can I get a refund? Joan, NSW

The strata committee had some work done on common property, marked out car spaces (that are too small), and put up …

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What is the extent of, and the limitations of our strata manager’s powers? – Frank, NSW

About 15 years ago, our Strata Scheme delegated to the strata manager all of the functions of the Owners Corporation, the …

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What are my rights as a tenant to contact the strata manager? – Madeleine, NSW

I have been advised by the strata management in the building in which I have just commenced as a tenant, that …

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Are strata managers mandatory or are other arrangements available? – Christine, NSW

Strata manager fees always seem to increase at a rate of x% per year (for example, 8% per year). This means …

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Who takes care of window repairs and renovations in our building? – Christopher, NSW

A 9 storey strata building built 50 years ago had aluminium sash windows when built. Several owners have replaced their windows …

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Are waterproofing and roof repairs an administrative expense or a capital works fund item? – Lynette, NSW

Does waterproofing & roof repairs fall under maintenance (thus being an admin expenses) or are they a capital works fund expense? …

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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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Are external security doors the body corporate’s responsibilities? – Kim, QLD

Are external security doors part of the body corporate responsibilities? My unit is first floor and easily accessible for break ins. …

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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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Are balconies and gardens common property or part of our lot? – Barry, NSW

We are an owner of a ground floor unit that has a big outdoor balcony and garden area. Are our balconies …

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Who is responsible to fix unauthorised common property renovations? – Libby, NSW

Long before I purchased my ground floor apartment, the previous owner enclosed the balcony to become a sunroom. It has now …

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If our garage door is common property, who is responsible for the remote? – Ferdinand, NSW

Our garage door seems to be part of common property. What is the status of the remote control and the electric …

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