A rule in strata property is a rule or regulation that applies to everyone living or owning a unit in the building your property is a part of. What’s crucial to be aware of, is that rules are legally binding, not just a set of preferences.
There are a number of default laws, detailed in the Management Act, but the owners’ corporation can make formal amendments by special resolution vote. Any such changes must be formally registered with Access Canberra.
What types of rules are there?
Strata rules can be about almost anything but most likely pertain to making the environment pleasant, comfortable and safe for all owners or their tenants. Some strata complexes have rules concerning what types of pets may be kept in the building, safety and security or the use of common property areas.
What happens if a rule is breached?
Most owners corporations would hope to resolve any issues via a polite word or letter. However, if this approach fails, the owners’ corporation can issue a rule infringement notice or take the case to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. If these measures fail to provide a solution, the owners’ corporation can seek a penalty order against the person breaching the rules.
We’re happy to answer any questions about strata house rules and the building you live in, just get in touch with a member of our friendly team.