1. Redevelopment: with the change in laws now only 75% of owners can vote to sell the strata block to developers for breakdown and re-build.
  2. Pet owners: New laws encourage more rental and owner occupied opportunities for pet owners. There are plenty of laws to monitor the nuisance made by a particular pet.
  3. Parking Safety: Owners corps will now have arrangements with local council parking rangers to patrol their car parks. This will ensure more safety in the areas with rogue parking in open strata car parks near commuter hubs.
  4. Park carefully: Owners corps will be able to move cars parked illegally on common property to a place where parking is allowed.
  5. Smoking a nuisance: Smoke from smoking is now considered to be a nuisance, specially in units & apartments where the smoke travels through the air conditioner ducts and pipelines. There would be more areas designated as smoking zone where the property had common areas.
  6. Number of Occupants: Owners corps will be able to pass by-laws setting maximum limits on the number of people living in a unit. With a minimum of two per bedroom. Fines could be massive.
  7. Higher fines: The current maximum fine is $220. That goes up to $550 for regular by-law breaches. On top of that, it’s $5500 for a first extra number of occupants’ offence and $11,000 for subsequent breaches.
  8. Fines go to owners corp:Currently you and your neighbors (via your strata committee) make all the running at the tribunal but the fines go to the government. Now the money will go to the owners corp, giving “do-nothing”. So as to have stricter checks by the owner’s corp on the number of occupants.
  9. Internal mediation: Strata schemes will have their own mediation systems for resolving in-house disputes, so as to avoid matter going out of hand. Community Justice Service to play a major role in this. These in-house mediations will be accepted as mandatory precursors to any action at the tribunal (NCAT).
  10. Paper adjudications scrapped: Currently, the initial adjudication of strata disputes is done by examination of documents only. Now no need for the paper adjudication and proceed straight to the hearing.
  11. Committee curb: Building managers, rental agents and anyone else who makes a living by working for the strata scheme can’t be elected to the strata committees unless they are owners in the scheme. This change in law will reform the way landlord votes have been managed and used and then run the building for their benefit.
  12. Insurance commissions: With the change in law the strata managers are asked to declare commissions they receive from insurance premiums.
  13. Contract limits: In a new scheme the strata managers can only be appointed for the first year, and then for a tenure of further 3 years in a row. The one-year limit on new schemes gives the owners a chance to assess service providers before making long-term decisions.
  14. Executive Committees changed to Strata Committees: Executive committees have been re-named strata committees.
  15. Tenant representative: Strata schemes with more than 50% of the residents as tenants must have a tenant’s representative to attend the strata committee. The only exception to it is when any discussions regarding finances are to be made. Also Tenant will have no voting power.
  16. Abandoned goods: Any abandoned goods if left for too long on common property of chucked out by new residents, the Owners corp will can sell these goods. In case of the owner coming back to claim t, the owners corp will have to pass on the proceeds of any sale minus the costs of storage and advertising.
  17. Renovations:Existing laws would not permit you to do changes or add modifications on a common property wall without taking permission. But now simply you need to notify the committee, however for any major changes decisions to me made by common consensus at a general meeting.
  18. Debt Collection: Debts for unpaid levies or NCAT imposed fines can be recovered directly through local courts now, instead of first seeking approval from Tribunal for the same.