This article discussing tenants rights in a strata building has been supplied by Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan.
Question: Should tenants be advised of any changes that are made at committee meetings, especially if it is something like changes to the strata parking rules?
Should tenants be advised of any changes that are made at committee meetings attended and voted by strata residents?
I live in NSW and the reason I asked the question is apparently parking rules have changed but the tenants weren’t informed. Surely we can expect to be informed of changes?
Answer: Tenants should be advised of any changes to by-laws at a building, particularly when it concerns the behaviour of residents.
Tenants should be advised of any changes to by-laws at a building, particularly when it concerns the behaviour of residents. These changes must be made a general meeting.
The Act allows for tenant participation in a meeting if a building is over 50% tenanted and for a tenant to attend a meeting if they are on the strata roll.
The tenant should ask their managing agent to contact the strata manager about any changes. It would be normal for any such changes to be advertised in a distribution to residents.
This post appears in Strata News #253.
Question: We live in a small strata complex where half the residents are tenants. Can tenants attend strata meetings and hold positions on the committee?
I am the secretary of a small self managed strata of 4 units in Sydney NSW. Some units are bigger than others and therefore pay higher strata fees, in case this is significant.
One owner has suggested that because 2 out of 4 units are being rented and it looks as though they will be for years to come, a tenant has the right to be put forward and be elected to a position on the Committee.
Is this correct? Can tenants attend strata meetings and be part of the committee?
If so, does it make any difference that renters form less than 50% of unit entitlements, ie the 2 smaller apartments are rented and the 2 bigger are owner occupied?
Does the Committee need to notify anyone other than all owners of meeting agendas and minutes?
Do tenants have the right to attend AGMs perhaps even speak at AGMs but not the right to vote on any issue?
Answer: They can elect a tenant representative if they wish.
Is this correct? Yes, they can elect a tenant representative if they wish.
No, it doesn’t make any difference that renters form less than 50% of unit entitlements.
If the tenants wish to appoint a tenant representative than the Committee does need to notify this representative of meeting agendas and minutes.
Tenants can attend meetings but they might be asked to leave for discussion on any matters of a financial nature.
This page from NSW Fair Trading also has some really helpful information about tenants attending strata meetings: Tenant participation.
This post appears in Strata News #241.
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