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Strata Schemes Management Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation

On the 5th of June 2020 the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation came into effect.

The amendments which were introduced to the Strata Schemes Management Regulations 2016, these amendments will allow owners corporations to hold meetings by other means even if the necessary resolutions have not been previously adopted.

The time for holding the first general meeting after the initial period for the strata scheme has also been extended to 6 months rather than 2 months as required by section 14 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.

A full copy of the Regulation which has been passed for the purposes of responding to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may be downloaded from the below link:

NSW Strata Schemes Management Amendment (COVID-19)

COVID-19 NSW Fair Trading Strata Guidelines

NSW Fair Trading have published COVID-19 Strata Guidelines for people living and working in strata schemes on how the Public Health Orders affect them.

The 10 points include:
1. Stay at home rules
2. Owners corporation responsibilities
3. Socialising in the complex
4. Self-isolation
5. Visitors
6. Common areas and shared facilities
7. Levies and contributions
8. Short-term accommodation
9. Repairs, maintenance, fire inspections and rental inspections
10. Meetings and voting

To read the full article please follow the link below:
NSW Fair Trading COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Important Information

WITH THE GROWING CONCERN AND RAPIDLY EVOLVING IMPACT THAT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IS HAVING IN NSW AND AROUND THE WORLD OUR KEY FOCUS IS ON THE IMPACT TO OUR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS AND TO ENSURE THERE IS AS LITTLE DISRUPTION TO OUR SERVICES AS POSSIBLE.

STRATA MEETINGS

ALL MEETINGS ARE BEING ASSESSED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS BY YOUR STRATA MANAGER IN LIAISON WITH THE STRATA COMMITTEE BUT AT THIS POINT IT IS OUR RECOMMENDATION ALL NON-ESSENTIAL MEETINGS SHOULD BE DEFERRED OR ARRANGEMENT OF ALTERNATIVE ATTENDANCE METHODS I.E. ELECTRONIC VOTING, TELECONFERENCE ETC SHOULD BE CONSIDERED.

VISITORS TO OUR OFFICES

FROM TUESDAY 17TH MARCH WE WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO RECEIVE VISITORS TO OUR OFFICES UNLESS IT IS PRE-ARRANGED DIRECTLY WITH OUR OFFICE. PLEASE CONTACT US ON 9449 8855 SHOULD YOU NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

INCREASED HYGIENE MEASURES

WE ARE FOLLOWING ALL PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND HAVE INCREASED THE AVAILABLITY OF HAND SANITISER IN OUR OFFICES FOR EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS TO USE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST ON COVID-19.

PRACTICAL THINGS SOME OWNERS CORPORATIONS ARE ALREADY DOING

PLACING FACTSHEETS (SEE BELOW FOR LINK) ON NOTICE BOARDS AS A CONTINUAL REMINDER TO RESIDENTS.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE THIS FACTSHEET PRINTED AND DELIVERED TO YOU PLEASE EMAIL: carlos@lambandwalters.com.au

ENSURING CLEANERS ARE USING APPROPRIATE SANITIZING CLEANING PRODUCTS. THAT EXTRA ATTENTION AND MORE FREQUENCY OF CLEANING IS GIVEN TO “TOUCH POINTS” SUCH AS LIFT CALL BUTTONS, INTERCOM STATIONS, HANDLES AND SO ON. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE CLEANING FREQUENCY PLEASE CONTACT carlos@lambandwalters.com.au

STAY UP TO DATE: “https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx”

THE NATIONAL CORONAVIRUS HEALTH INFORMATION LINE 1800 020 800.

STRATA COMMUNITY AUSTRALIA (NSW) HAVE PUT TOGETHER A NUMBER OF USEFUL LINKS FOR ITS MEMBERS WHICH YOU CAN FIND AT: https://nsw.strata.community/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-information-for-sca-nsw-members/

WE WILL BE MONITORING THE SITUATION DAILY AND WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING MONTHS.

Notices

New Legislation High Rise Apartments

On Tuesday the 21st of January the Australian newspaper published a story regarding the NSW Government and how they will be introducing new legislation to regarding the building of high-rise apartments. Link to article below:
The Australian Article

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson has since confirmed that a series of new measures will be introduced to improve building standards following the scenarios facing apartment buildings in Sydney.
Full release below:
Minister Kevin Anderson Full Release