These Q&As are about whether you need a bylaw for things like parking rules or installing a light on common property in NSW.
Table of Contents:
- QUESTION: Do we need a By-Law to install Common Property lighting?
- 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?
Question: Do we need a By-Law to install Common Property lighting?
I live in a 5 villa complex all on ground level with no common power.
The common driveway is very dark and our Strata Committee has agreed to place a sensor light off the roof of one villa. The owner of this villa is happy for his power to be used and is not seeking any compensation. The cost of installation is coming out of Strata funds.
Do we need a ByLaw for this?
Answer: To add improvements to common property requires a special resolution of the owners corporation.
To add improvements to common property requires a special resolution of the owners corporation.
The owners corporation could enter into a deed to bind an owner to give power to it. But this would not bind a subsequent owner.
This post appears in Strata News #435.
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.
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