What can I do about unwanted contact, harassment and bullying on common property? – Teresa, NSW

Q: What can I do about unwanted contact, harassment and bullying on common property? Who can stop people doing this?

A: When it comes to a serious offense, it may require an immediate call to the police or local authority. In other situations, your strata by-laws may have a stipulation about behaviour on common property. Nobody should interfere unreasonably with common property use or enjoyment by the occupier of any other lot. This may include unwanted contact, harassment, and bullying. Many strata properties also forbid causing offence to others on common property. Where this is the case, bring the behaviour to the attention of the committee. It’s their responsibility to ensure you live safely and peacefully in your lot. If the committee doesn’t act, there are further options, including proposing a motion to warn the alleged perpertrator, or if the bullying/harassment is an emergency, urge them to call a general meeting to consider the situation. More information about dealing with bullying in your strata property is available here.