By November 30 this year, NSW owners corporations must review their by-laws. Here are some examples of what can be changed when this occurs.
By November 30 this year, every strata scheme in NSW must have reviewed its by-laws. While many rules won’t change at all, there are some that could be adjusted to improve the wellbeing of everyone living there – new models have been introduced for both pets and cigarette smoke.
For pets, there are several examples of new by-laws identified by NSW Fair Trading. The owners corporation can decide to ban pets altogether, let owners have pets with a 14-day notice window, or require the permission of the corporation before an owner brings a pet into the scheme. It is important to note that under law, corporations cannot prevent someone from using an official assistance pet.
Smoking is often an issue for strata schemes, as smoke can drift from common areas into private homes. Under NSW Fair Trading’s new model by-laws, owners corporations can prohibit smoking on all common property, or to allocate specific areas in which people can smoke.
These are just two examples of the kinds of changes that can be made when owners corporations review their by-laws. To find out more about your rights and responsibilities, feel free to contact the team at Civium Strata.