REINSW president John Cunningham has praised the new NSW strata law reforms, saying they are overdue and appreciated by those involved in the strata process.
“These reforms will benefit owners, tenants and property managers and bring the laws in line with current thinking,” Mr Cunningham said.
The key issues the reforms tackle include technological updates, everyday renovations and pet ownership for tenants.
“[The reforms] recognise the changes that have been made in technology in the last 25 years with voting now available electronically, via Skype calls and by email. The keeping of pets has been made easier as a request to keep a pet cannot be unreasonable refused. Owners will be able to appeal to the Tribunal if they believe the request was unreasonable withheld,” Mr Cunningham said.
“Everyday improvements like hanging pictures; coat hooks and filling cracks can go ahead and kitchen or bathroom renovations, installing timber or tile floors and replacing wiring or power points no longer need a special resolution by-law. Landlords may be held liable to their tenants for second hand smoke exposure. Owners corporations can also create by-Laws banning smoking throughout an entire strata building. Orders against residents who smoke or allow their cigarette or barbeque smoke to drift into other units can also be created,” he said.
There are over 90 new laws in the reform, and Mr Cunningham said he expects the changes will end some of the disputes between tenants and PMs.
“Reviewing and updating legislation is vital to ensuring that it keeps pace with changing society. We look forward to continued amendments to strata legislation over the coming years,” Mr Cunningham said.
PMs should update themselves on the new laws on the NSW Fair Trading website.