A new addition to the Act now permits a strata scheme in WA to “refurbish, renew or upgrade” its facilities allowing for modern upgrades to older buildings including cost saving improvements such as solar panels.
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One of the areas of change in the WA Strata reforms was in simplifying the process around dispute resolution. This article looks at some of the reasons why disputes arise and how two key changes in the Act should make it easier to resolve them.
Question: Is there a pro forma form as there was for Section 43 certificate?
Question: Does the Council of Owners have a spending limit for items not in the budget? In this case, specifically for common area security eg CCTV cameras.
Question: Our bookkeeper also acts (under a separate contract) as our yardman. Does the wording in the strata title regulations part 13, section 91 (1) forbid this?
As we embrace the new Act commencing 1st May 2020, it will require changes and additions to the way things have been done in the past. Here we particularly look at insurance documentation for the next AGM.
Question: The Caretaker at our strata scheme will not supply us with an inventory of assets on the common property. Can we force him to do so under the new WA Reforms?
In the 2018 amendments to the Act, SAT was named the sole forum for the resolution of strata disputes. We look at why you might apply to the SAT to resolve a dispute, who pays for the costs of SAT proceedings and whether the SAT awards costs orders.
Strata in WA is changing for the better with amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 now confirmed to commence on 1 May 2020. The changes will modernise the State’s strata framework, making it clearer and fairer.
The SAT may order the appointment of an administrator to a strata company where it is appropriate to resolve a strata dispute. Such an order will only be appropriate in exceptional circumstances. Those exceptional circumstances typically involve a dysfunctional council of owners.