No one likes an overcrowded flat, but could your unit actually have so many occupants it’s illegal?
Owners corporations can set by-laws outlining how many occupants are allowed to live in a given unit within a strata scheme. This provision was made in the Strata Schemes Management Act of 2015, and was aimed at strata owners who were subletting or using their property illegally for commercial purposes.
These by-laws may limit how many adults are allowed to reside in given unit, and they’re set according to the number of bedrooms in the residence.
For example, a by-law may be that only two adults are allowed per bedroom.
The law is also careful to define what constitutes a bedroom. If a room has been approved for use as a bedroom in any plans, planning approvals or agreements, then it’s subject to whatever by-law your owners corporation sets.
There are no regulations, however, around the number of children that may reside in a lot.
If you have questions about occupancy limits or any rules about subletting in your strata community, make sure you reach out to your owners corporation.