Owners Rights & Obligations

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New Pet Reform Laws – Why You May Need a New By-Law

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. We’ve got over 29 million furry companions as a nation, with about 61% of all...

Everything you need to know about Strata Hub

“Strata Hub” is a NSW Government initiative created to increase transparency, provide better regulation, and improve engagement for all...

Ask an expert: Response to “Power Struggle: Doctor forced to sell electric car after his building removed the power point”

Industry response to article titled “Power Struggle: Doctor forced to sell electric car after his building removed the power point” published by...

Do Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations Require Approval by Your Strata Management?

Aussies love a good renovation, and many of us are constantly thinking of ways to freshen up our homes. But if you’re living in strata (as so many...

Next Steps for the 5 Most Common Strata Complaints in NSW

Life in strata can be brilliant – you can have access to great amenities at a fraction of the cost and enjoy a harmonious neighbourhood thanks...

The Most Common Balcony Dramas in Strata – And Possible Solutions

Our balconies are where we go to soak up the sunshine and take in the view – but they can also be a source of angst for a surprisingly high number...

Roof Leak Repairs in Strata: Who’s Responsible and Who Pays?

With recent heavy rainfall, leaks have been a recurring frustration experienced by many of our clients. In such times, it is important to know, who...

What are the Expectations for Common Area Maintenance in Strata?

Most property needs maintenance as time goes on, whether we’re talking about foyers, hallways, staircases, elevators, roofs or swimming pools....

Rules On Having The Puurrfect Companion In Your Strata Managed Property

Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world? According to the RSPCA, Australians own over 29 million pets...

Airbnb & Strata Managed Properties: What You Need To Know

If you are the owner or occupier of a lot on a strata property, you may have considered leasing out your property while you are away. Also known as...

What You Need To Know About Rubbish Disposal In Strata Living

As apartment and strata living becomes more common, waste disposal has become more of an issue. Nobody enjoys having, seeing or smelling rubbish near...

I Feel Like My Strata Property Is Overpopulated – What Are My Options?

As Australia’s population continues to grow at a staggering rate, more and more people are choosing to live in strata properties in our capital...

Storm Damage Vs Flood Damage – Why The Difference Matters

Reading the fine print on insurance is a task that no one enjoys. However, it is crucial to pay attention to the details of your insurance,...

Mailbox Theft In Strata Managed Properties: What Steps Can You Take?

Over the past year, the Australian Federal Police have reported an increase in identity fraud, credit card fraud and other such scams. In fact,...

The Common Seal In Strata Explained (And We’re Not Talking About The Marine Animal!)

When it comes to strata living, the common seal isn’t one of those adorable animals that you might see at a zoo. Instead, it’s a type of rubber...

Parking Disputes In Your Strata Managed Property – What Should You Do?

Though there are many great things to love about Sydney, a general lack of parking spaces isn’t one of them. The busier a street is, the more...

My Balcony Is Leaking! What’s The Cause & Who’s Responsible?

While balconies are a highly popular feature in apartment buildings, they can sometimes cause major headaches rather than being places of relaxation...

What You Need To Know About Sun Drying Your Clothes In Strata Properties

It’s not rocket science, but it’s worth repeating nonetheless: drying your clothes out on a clotheshorse on your balcony is better for the...

The False Alarm Charge & How To Avoid It

Having an automatic fire alarm system installed at your strata property might seem like a no-brainer to ensure everyone’s safety, but they can have...

Are You Prepared For Sydney’s Unpredictable Weather? Why You Should Consider Catastrophe Cover

Though the weather in Sydney is often sunny, warm, and the envy of others, this can change at the drop of a hat. A cloudless sky can quickly fill...

Strata Laws And Air Conditioning Installation – What You Need To Know

If you don’t already have air conditioning in your strata scheme, chances are that you’re at least considering it. The permissions you will need...

What You Should Know About Broadband And NBN In Your Strata Property

The Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) is being rolled out, promising to finally get Australia on par with other developed countries when it...

How Much Notice Do You Need To Give For Impending Renovations?

There are many reasons why you might choose to renovate your strata property. In order for you to be compliant with strata laws and to ensure that...

Managing Noise Levels In Your Building – What’s Acceptable?

Strata living has many upsides, including shared costs, a lot of ways you can engage in decision-making processes and, ideally, a friendly community...

How to Improve Your Strata Apartment Without Needing Permission

Minor and major renovations in your apartment or townhouse do require permission from your owners corporation, however anything classed as...

How Can I Improve the Noise Insulation of My Strata Apartment?

It can be upsetting when your strata neighbour is walking through their apartment wearing what seem to be wooden clogs, but what if you’re the one...

Can I Install Solar at my NSW Strata Property?

It makes a lot of sense to install solar panels wherever possible to make the most of free energy from the sun and cut down on electricity costs, but...

What Can I Change in My Strata Property’s Backyard?

If you’ve been looking at your backyard and thinking it needs some work, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the boundaries and by-laws of...

Electric Car Assessments for Sydney Strata Schemes

Tesla fans, listen up! If your strata scheme is located within the City of Sydney, you could now register for a free assessment and roadmap for...

A Word on Strata Parking (and Parking Fines)

You may have heard that Willoughby Council now has agreements to issue parking fines on some of its local strata properties, and that the City of...

My Neighbour’s Throwing Cigarette Butts on My Balcony – What Can I Do?

As can happen in any shared living environment, there is always the risk of someone’s actions becoming a problem for another resident in a strata...

Can I Keep A Pet In My Strata Unit?

Owners seeking to keep pets in their strata units have traditionally faced a range of restrictive by-laws which prohibit pets within the scheme. New...

Common Strata Disputes and How to Resolve Them

Within the NSW strata guidelines there are a range of useful procedures to deal with common strata issues and strata disputes. Find solutions to some...

Can the New NSW Strata Reforms Improve My Parking Situation?

Have you been frustrated by the parking situation within your Sydney strata? That’s probably fair enough, as city workers commonly take advantage...

How can Owners Deal with Disposed Goods on Common Property?

In our video series Michael Vumbaca, General Manager at Jamesons Strata discusses how owners can deal with disposed goods on common property. In...

How Have The New Laws Affected Strata Insurance?

In our video series Michael Vumbaca, General Manager at Jamesons Strata discusses how the changes have affected strata insurance. This is one of...

How Do I Begin Renovations in My NSW Strata Unit?

Planning renovations within your NSW strata building can seem daunting at first, but by following the correct steps and speaking with your Sydney...

Help! I Urgently Need Air Conditioning in My NSW Strata Unit

It’s sweltering in many areas of NSW as the temperatures rise, and if you don’t already have air conditioning in your apartment there’s a...

How to Connect Your Apartment to the NBN

A strata group is working with the National Broadband Network (NBN) to ensure that apartment owners have the chance to hook up to fast internet....

Who Repairs Fences Dividing Neighbours in a Strata Scheme?

Fencing is one of the most common sources of friction between neighbours, and this is just as likely within a strata scheme as it is between house...

Reporting Noisy Neighbours In NSW Strata Blocks

While noise nuisance is a major problem for residents around Australia, the issue can be even more troublesome for apartment and unit residents. With...

What To Do When Your Apartment Springs A Leak

When dealing with property emergencies within strata schemes, there is a standard procedure to follow. If you discover a leak in or around your...

Strata and Pets: What You Need to Know When Mixing These Two Together

Australia has one of the highest percentages of pet ownership in the world, with around 2.16 million of these people being renting families according...

Important Things You Should Know Before You Renovate Your Strata Unit

After a few years, or even a few months, some homeowners want to have their spaces renovated. New layout, design, décor and furniture – anything...

A Body Corporate / Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Difficult Tenants

Living in a strata scheme means having different people from different backgrounds trying to live harmoniously together under one shared roof. With a...

The Jamesons quick guide to the NBN & Pipe Networks

What is this NBN thing all about, and is it worth worrying about? Here are some quick facts for you to be aware of if your building has been...

There Is No Gas In My Unit

Gas supply seldom fails and the cause is most likely to be a fault with the appliance you are using. Gas appliances within a unit are the...

There is a Burst Water Pipe

If water suddenly starts running out of a wall, ceiling or floor it obviously should not be ignored and you should contact your strata manager...

Water is leaking from the unit above and has caused damage to the ceiling paintwork and to my carpet. Who is responsible for payment of the repairs?

The ceiling is generally considered common property and the Owners Corporation’s responsibility to repair. The lot owner is responsible however...

Is the balcony door my responsibility to repair and maintain?

Under the terms of The Strata Schemes Freehold Development Act 1973, any wall (including the door and door locks) between a unit and its balcony is...

The timber ductwork around the sewage pipe in my bathroom is leaking. The sewer pipe comes from the unit above and my toilet connects into it. Do I have to repair the ducting and the pipe as it is within my unit?

The Owners Corporation is responsible for the repair as the ducting encloses structural cubic space. Structural cubic space is automatically common...

I have accidentally reversed into my garage door. Who is responsible for the repairs?

You should contact your Strata Manager who can inform you whether the garage door is Strata or Individual Owner responsibility. If the garage door...

I need a copy of the By-Laws

Each property will have a varied set of By-Laws for their property depending on the make up of the scheme. They may also have special By-Laws that...

Planning renovations within your NSW strata building can seem daunting at first, but by following the correct steps and speaking with your Sydney strata

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