This Q&A and article about the use of the Parking Bylaw in NSW have been provided by Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co Lawyers and Yuhao Gu, Omega Legal.
Question: We agreed years ago to park cars on common property. A new resident has complained and now our strata manager says we cannot do this. Why change when it’s been working well for years?
We are a small, self managed strata block in NSW. Years ago we made an agreement we could all park on common property.
A new resident has moved in and taken us to NCAT. We got appointed a strata company who have now said we can’t park in our allocated spots on common property even though we have all agreed it’s ok.
We are on a really busy street with no parking. What happens now? Do I have to abide by these parking rules even though we have all agreed and the system has been working fine for years?
Answer: If there is a parking by-law, this cannot be easily disputed by the new owner who has moved downstairs.
If there has been a new by-law or changes to an existing by-law that allows lot owners of the strata to park in the common area, then this cannot be easily disputed by the new owner who has moved downstairs. Even if they dispute it and make a claim at NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal, the Tribunal would have to be satisfied that the parking by-law is invalid for reasons that it is harsh, unconscionable or oppressive.
However if a by-law does not exist to allow parking in the common area then now is the opportunity to convene a meeting with all owners with an aim to modify or adopt new by-laws that are in the interest of the owners. This requires a special majority vote and if you and all other owners have already agreed to this then it will not be difficult for you to obtain their support. If there has been a motion already passed by a special majority of the owners, then you should not be compelled to stop parking in the common area.
A by-law, once passed, must be registered so as to be enforceable.
This post appears in Strata News #344
NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws: 3. Parking By-Law
Parking Notice By-Law – What Does it Do?
- Contains rules for parking:
- No parking on common property
- Owners responsible for tenants’ parking
- Invitees to only park in visitor parking (time restriction)
- No parking in other private car spaces
- Car register (vehicle details)
- Permits an owners corporation to:
- issue a notice to an owner or occupier in breach (the culprit)
- place a notice on the offending vehicle
- recover from the culprit the cost of issuing the notice
- recover from the culprit the cost of moving the vehicle
- Results in multiple costs recorded on owner’s account/ledger
- Stops the parking problem
Parking Notice By-Law – What it Does Not Do?
- Does not permit an owners corporation to impose:
This article has been republished with permission from the author and first appeared on the JS Mueller & Co Website.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is provided for your personal information only. It is not meant to be legal or professional advice nor should it be used as a substitute for such advice. You should seek legal advice for your specific circumstances before relying on any information herein. Contact JS Mueller & Co for any required legal assistance.
This post appears in Strata News #241.
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