Have your say on strata laws

Strata schemes abound on the Peninsula

Peninsula residents are being asked to have their say on how laws can be changed to better support people living or working in strata schemes.

Strata schemes, or the process of owning a portion of a building with some shared common areas, currently maintain that the Owners Corporation is responsible for the upkeep of all common spaces in the scheme.

These areas could include lobbies, lifts, shared laundry facilities, hallways and swimming pools.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the changes to legislation must help support the Coast’s growing population.

“There are now 4,388 strata schemes on the Central Coast and many thousands of local residents live in these apartments and townhouses,” Crouch said.

“Our region is expected to grow by 95,250 people between 2016 and 2041, which means the number of strata schemes across the Coast will also grow very quickly.

“In particular, we know more needs to be done to ensure that apartment buildings are well maintained and free of building defects over their lifetime, so that owners aren’t out-of-pocket by tens of thousands of dollars.

“The current review seeks to address this.”

The NSW Government is reviewing the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 in order to ensure the laws are relevant and up to date.

Feedback is also being sought on a new digital Strata Portal that will hold mandatory information for each strata building in NSW and make it available to the regulator to ensure compliance with fire and other important safety requirements.

Submissions are being accepted until Sunday, March 7, at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/strata-statutory-review-2020.

Consultation on pets in strata will continue until April 7.

Media release, Feb 11
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch