Strata & Community Living Spring 2019

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Over the past few months, SCA (NSW) has been voicing that something needs to be done to support strata owners and residents get a fair deal following the defects and combustible cladding issues which are fast becoming a crisis.

There is a strong case for retrospective legislation to deal with builders and suppliers who have shut down companies and started new ones to avoid their responsibilities.

2019 Spring Edition

Strata Industry Shake Up
Don’t Get Zapped
Ask An Expert
NSW Building Commissioner Appointed


Stata Industry Shake Up 

A meeting was held with the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, the Hon Kevin Anderson, MP, on 31 July to discuss a plan devised by strata industry representatives to address failures in building standards and flammable cladding issues.

SCA (NSW) made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the “Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes”.

SCA (NSW) is urging people living and managing an apartment, unit, townhouse or strata title property to join the strata army and register support to demand change from the government

Don’t Get Zapped

NSW Fair Trading is warning apartment residents who might feel a slight tingle or shock when touching electrical appliances in their homes to report it straight away. Strata managers, property agents, landlords and the strata committee have an obligation to act on these reports immediately. If a prompt response is not received, NSW Fair Trading recommends contacting your electrical network operator operator who investigate reported public shocks at no cost.

Ask An Expert

We  all need a little help from time-to-time especially when it comes to dealing with rules and regulations. SCA (NSW) provides an ‘Ask an Expert’  service  where  general  advice  can be provided to members. For example;

Question: At every AGM our strata manager asks if anyone wishes to join the strata committee. Individuals who raise their hand are automatically accepted. This is done without asking what they will contribute or if they are fit to be on a committee. Are there any guidelines about fit and proper persons being on the strata committee?

Answer: There are no qualification requirements for nominees to join or address the committee should they be elected. Committee elections are governed by Division 3 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Part 2 Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016.

NSW Building Commissioner Appointed

David Chandler OAM has been appointed to the role of Building Commissioner on 7 August 2019. Mr Chandler is a building and construction expert with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. The Commissioner will be responsible for investigation and disciplinary action for industry misconduct, overseeing industry end-to-end licensing and driving legislative reforms and consultation with the industry.



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