Over the past week or so we have received a few questions from lot owners asking about different aspects concerning strata living Victoria. We have decided to bundle the questions here in one post for your convenience:
Question 1: I am looking for a copy of the Strata Titles Act 1967
This act is no longer the current act in Victoria, so I understand if you choose not to publish it on your site, however, I was wondering if you know where I can find a copy?
It looks as if you may be able to request a physical copy of the Act from the Record Office Victoria:
Question 2: What are the OH&S regulations regarding outdoor lighting on common pathway?
I have an investment unit in Melbourne. I would like to know what the OH&S regulations are regarding outdoor lighting on a common pathway.
At present, our lighting is on for a regulated time all year 5pm – 7am. I think it should be adjusted for different seasons.
Are there regulated times this lighting should be on or are we able to adjust it according to season eg summer longer natural light winter shorter? I would like to be able to share this information with the other owners in my building.
There are no regulations as such on timings, but it is expected that electric lighting should be on when natural light levels drop. The 5pm – 7 am window covers the periods of darkness around the year. Otherwise, this can be done in two ways:
- Via a Daylight Sensor or Photoelectric (PE) cell either integrated into the light itself or by connecting lights centrally to an external sensor.
- Via a Programmable timer with pre-entered times for different seasons.
If you are looking to replace your existing wall or pole mounted fittings, many of the new LED light fittings have the options of an integrated PE cell. These allow the light to sense the level of natural daylight & switch on automatically once the light sensor detects light levels below the set point.
Question 3: Land valuation and Land tax, Strata Living Victoria
Is there any difference in the above on a parcel of non-subdivided land with four non-strata residential units and on the same parcel of land if it is subdivided by four strata titled residential units?
The short answer is no, there will be no difference in the land tax paid on a parcel of non- subdivided land with four non-residential units compared to four strata titled residential units. The Land tax amount for the current year is based on the valuation made by council before 31 December of the previous year and this amount will not be affected by the land being a strata or non-strata subdivision.
For more information on a specific development, please contact the State Revenue Office of Victoria on 13 21 61 or alternatively view their website for more information.
Are you interested in more information about lighting common areas, land tax or further information about legislation applicable to strata living Victoria? Visit our FactSheet: Apartment Living Sustainability, Maintenance and Common Property OR FactSheets: Strata Legislation Victoria pages.