Proxy Farming in Strata

What is Proxy Farming? Proxy farming, also known as proxy harvesting or stacking votes, is a process where one or more owners in a scheme (the proxy farmer(s)) tell other owners in the scheme that their proxy form is required to either support a particular cause,...

Retrospective By-Law Approval

Quite frequently new owners in strata schemes are unaware of the requirement to obtain owners corporation approval pursuant to a by-law under section 65A and/or section 52 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (“SSMA”) before starting their renovation...

Consumer Claims in NCAT

What Is A Consumer Claim? A consumer claim is defined under section 3A of the Consumer Claims Act 1998 (“CC Act”) and, for the purposes of the CC Act, it is: (a) a claim by a consumer for the payment of a specified sum of money, or (b) a claim by a consumer for the...

Neighbour Disputes Over Water Damage – What Can I Do?

The flow of surface water, water leakage, run-off damage and overflow from an adjoining property’s drains, sewers or burst pipes can be a source of dispute between adjoining land owners including a health and safety risk. Disputes between neighbours over water...

Supreme Court Declares By-Laws To Be Invalid

Noon v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 22422 [2014] NSWSC 1260 (16 September 2014) A recent Supreme Court of NSW decision is an important warning for owners corporations not to take short cuts when making by-laws otherwise they run the risk of court proceedings by...