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FAQ’s

Fire

Owners of units within strata schemes should be aware that is it generally their responsibility to ensure that smoke alarms are installed in units and that these are in good working order. Batteries in smoke alarms are recommended to be changed annually, or even on a 6 monthly basis – the suggested time to do this is when clocks are changed for daylight savings. Smoke alarm units will normally have a date and should be replaced every 10 years.

Depending on the date of construction, some buildings may have hardwired smoke alarms within the individual lots, and also on common property. These are connected to the main fire panel for the building or unit and are usually the responsibility of the Owners Corporation to maintain.

It is also recommended that Owners have fire safety equipment such as a fire blanket and or fire extinguisher within their home that can be easily accessed in case of emergencies. This equipment should also be assessed and replaced as required.

Residents should be aware of the evacuation plan for the building and know what to do in case of an emergency.

Fire doors, fire stairs and emergency exit doors should remain unobstructed at all times.

For further general information on this matter please contact Alliance Strata Group on 6555 7510.

NBN – National Broadband Network

The construction and installation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is currently underway in the Forster/Tuncurry area; with some areas in Taree and Wingham already up and running!

There are four main stages for the installation of the National Broadband Network:

  • Survey & Inspection
  • Installation & Construction
  • Quality Assurance & Testing
  • Ready for Service

For Strata Schemes approval is required by Special Resolution at a general meeting as the infrastructure required to support the National Broadband Network will change the appearance of the building.

As a rule the NBN Co. Limited sends out a site plan that summarises their scope of works. This will include the proposed positioning for caballing/conduit and the location of PCD (Premise Connection Device) and ICD (Internal Connection Device) at the building.

Once the work is completed by their technicians and the building is “Ready for Service” it is up to individual residents to access the NBN via their preferred internet provider.

At this stage all work is carried out at no cost to the Owner’s Corporation!

For further general information on this matter please contact Alliance Strata Group on 6555 7510.

Parking

The general rule for parking is that owners or occupiers can only park vehicles within the parking space or garage allocated to their lot. There are to be no vehicles parked on common property areas including driveways, lawns etc. Designated Visitor Parking Spaces are for the vehicles of visitors only – they are not for residents cars, motorbikes, caravans, boats etc.

The standard by-law for the parking of vehicles is as follows:
An owner or occupier of a lot must not park or stand any motor or other vehicle on common property except with prior written approval of the owner’s corporation.

Fair Trading ‘Strata Living’ information advises:
Owners and residents cannot park on the common property without the permission of the owners corporation. Visitors can park in designated visitors parking spaces. So, if an owner invites a group of friends over for a barbeque, for example, they can’t park wherever they choose – such as on the lawn at the front of the building. If there are not enough visitors car spaces available, they have to park in the street.

It is important to remember that an owner cannot give permission for people to use common property for parking, as this is a matter for the owners corporation.

For further general information on this matter please contact Alliance Strata Group on 6555 7510.

Pest Control

Each year, Owners Corporations determine at the Annual General Meetings for their Strata Scheme if they wish to have a pest treatment carried out at their property during the upcoming year.

If it is determined to have a treatment undertaken, this will generally be a treatment of the common property areas for cockroaches and webbing spiders.

Common Property areas include:

  • roof voids
  • sub floors
  • foyers & hallways
  • exterior common property areas:
    • fences
    • gardens
    • driveways
    • grounds (BBQ areas, pool areas etc)

If requested by the Owners Corporation at the AGM, quotations for a treatment can be sent to Executive Committee members or the Owners Corporation for the selection of a contractor.

If owners wish to have the interiors of their units treated for cockroaches, a reduced cost interior treatment is offered to owners if they choose to have this undertaken at their cost on the scheduled common property treatment date.

Once a date has been set for the common property treatment, Alliance Strata Group will write to all members of the Owners Corporation and letting agents (if we have been advised of letting agents) to advise of the times/dates, and if access to each unit is required.

If access to the roof cavity areas is via units, Owners/letting agents are required to ensure someone will be in residence on the date, or that keys are made available for the technician to gain access to roof void areas to complete the treatment.

A Notice of Intended Pesticide Application is either delivered to the property one week prior to treatment, or forwarded to owners and agents for distribution to occupants.

For further information or to check if your property has pest control scheduled for the upcoming year, please contact your strata manager.

Pets

One of the most frequently asked questions to Strata Managers, especially by prospective purchasers or selling agents, are pets allowed?

There is not one simple easy answer to this question.

The registered by-laws for each strata scheme will show what option has been selected and registered in relation to pets for each specific property.

There are three standard options for Keeping of Animals under the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2010

  1. Keeping of Animals

Note Select option A, B or C. If no option is selected, option A will apply.

Option A

  1. Subject to section 49 (4), an owner or occupier of a lot must not without the prior written approval of the owners corporation, keep any animal (except fish kept in a secure aquarium on the lot) on the lot or the common property.
  2. The owners corporation must not unreasonably withhold its approval of the keeping of an animal on a lot or the common property.

Option B

  1. Subject to section 49(4) an owner or occupier of a lot must not, without the prior written approval of the owner’s corporation, keep any animal (except a cat, a small dog or a small caged bird, or fish kept in a secure aquarium on the lot) on the lot or the common property.
  2. The owner’s corporation must not unreasonably withhold its approval of the keep of an animal on a lot or the common property.
  3. If an owner or occupier of a lot keeps a cat, small dog or small caged bird on the lot then the owner or occupier must:
    • notify the owners corporation that the animal is being kept on the lot, and
    • keep the animal within the lot, and
    • carry the animal when it is on the common property, and
    • take such action as may be necessary to clean all areas of the lot or the common property that are soiled by the animal.

Option C
Subject to section 49 (4), an owner or occupier of a residential lot must not keep any animal on the lot or the common property.

 

The New South Wales Government is reforming NSW strata laws; more than 90 law changes were passed by the NSW Parliament in 2015 and will start on 30 November 2016

Visit the Reform of strata laws page to read more at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

It is believed there will be new by-laws relating to the keeping of animals under this regulation. Strata Schemes registered after the date of the regulation will have these new by-laws in place from the start. Owners Corporations of existing schemes may choose to adopt and register new by-laws for their schemes.

Renovations

Renovation of units within strata schemes is a little more complex than renovating a private home. There are many different aspects to consider when renovating a strata unit such as:

  • Owners Corporation approval is necessary to alter or attach items to common property; approval will be required at a general meeting.
  • Acoustic underlay is required for timber flooring or tiles.
  • Structural changes to the building will require Engineering Certification.
  • Owners need to make sure that their contractors keep the common property areas clean and to remove all trade waste.
  • It is preferred that no renovations are undertaken during the school holiday periods.
  • The registered by-laws for the strata scheme need to be consulted before renovations are planned, there can be by-laws in place regarding renovations.

Items as simple as installing an air conditioner require Owners Corporation approval at general meeting, so it is always a good idea to double check what the requirements are for your strata scheme prior to planning installations or renovations.

For further general information on this matter please contact Alliance Strata Group on 6555 7510.

Termite Inspections

Each year, Owners Corporations determine at the Annual General Meetings for their Strata Scheme if they wish to have a termite inspection carried out at their property during the upcoming year.

If it is determined to have an inspection undertaken, this can be either of the common property areas only (including roof cavities) or a full termite inspection which will include all unit interiors as well as common property areas.

Common Property areas include:

  • roof voids
  • sub floors
  • foyers & hallways
  • exterior common property areas:
    • fences
    • gardens
    • driveways
    • grounds (BBQ areas, pool areas etc)

Once a termite inspection has been undertaken, a copy of this report will be kept at our office with the books and records for the strata scheme. A copy can also be sent to all members of the Owners Corporation or to members of the Executive Committee. Electronic copies are available upon request to all owners.

If there are live termites found, or evidence of termite workings/damage, a suggestion will be made by the pest technician and quotations obtained to treat live termites or to lay in-ground baiting stations. It is up to the Owners Corporation or Executive Committee to accept quotations for treatment of live termites or approval for in-ground baiting stations.

For further information please contact your strata manager.

Alliance Strata Group

  • Forster Office: Alliance Strata Group, 8 Wallis Street, Forster NSW 2428
  • Taree Office: Stacks Finance, Level 2, Suite 201, 1 Pulteney Street, Taree NSW 2430
  • Phone: 02 6555 7510
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  • Email: admin@alliancestrata.com.au
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  • Postal Address: PO Box 260, Forster NSW 2428
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