New Strata Laws mooted from mid-2014
These are long-awaited reforms and come after a consultative process launched by his department in 2011. Such annoyances as timber and tiled floors, pets and ambient smokers will be addressed.
There are more than 70,000 strata plans in place today, whereas when the laws were first drafted over fifty years ago, the typical apartment block was a 12-unit, 2 storey walk-up, Mr Roberts said.
The new model laws will, for the first time, cover smoke drift and allow pets by default, rather than banning them as is now the case. Timber floor installations will need to be advised and approved before installation, rather than wait until they become a problem.
There will also be an end to “proxy voting harvesting” and an encouragement for tenants to be involved in apartment block affairs.