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Window safety device requirements – Deadline 13 March 2018

Strata buildings NSW window safety device requirements news by Lamb and Walters Strata Managers Sydney

To prevent children falling from windows, all strata buildings in NSW must be fitted with devices that enable the maximum window openings to be less than 12.5cm. Owners corporations must have devices installed on all common property windows above the ground floor by 13 March 2018. The safety devices must be robust and childproof.

Residents will still be able to open their windows. However, they will have the security of knowing that when the devices are engaged, children will be protected.

Which windows does this apply to?

The laws apply to openable windows where the internal floor is more than 2m above the ground surface outside and within a child’s reach (less than 1.7m above the inside floor).

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Building Bond & Inspections Scheme to commence 1 January 2018

The new strata building bond and inspections scheme (the scheme) will now commence on 1 January 2018. It was originally scheduled to commence on 1 Juy 2017.

This means that the scheme will only apply to construction contracts signed (or where there is no contract and building work commences) from 1 January 2018. NSW Fair Trading will not require developers of new strata schemes to lodge defect bonds before 31 December 2017.

The commencement date has been delayed so that all procedural and professional requirements supporting the scheme are in place before commencement.

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New Commissioner for Fair Trading announced


The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon Matt Kean, MP has announced the appointment of new Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rose Webb, who has already taken up her role.

“I’m so excited to announce Rose Webb as the new Fair Trading Commissioner,” he said.

The Minister said the new Commissioner “is an exceptional individual with a wealth of knowledge and experience at the highest levels of government, both in Australia and overseas.”

“Ms Webb shares my passion for putting consumers first, and cracking down on shonky operators across this state.

“She is an exceptional individual with a wealth of knowledge and experience at the highest levels of government, both in Australia and overseas.”

“Under her leadership, NSW Fair Trading will continue to be one of the most trusted and reliable government agencies in the country.”

By-laws in your strata scheme – Deadline 30 November 2017

                                                                                    Each strata scheme has its own by-laws, which are a set of rules that owners, tenants and, in some cases, visitors must follow. By-laws cover behaviour of residents and the use of common property. They can cover issues such as whether pets are allowed on the scheme, how smoking is regulated, parking and noise levels.

All strata schemes must review their by-laws by 30 November 2017.

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Short-term holiday letting


The NSW Government invited feedback on the ‘Options Paper for short-term holiday letting in NSW’ up until 31 October 2017 – Feedback is now under consideration.

Short-term holiday letting (STHL) relates to the renting of the whole or part of a private home by its owner to a visitor on a commercial basis.

Given the recent growth in STHL, the government is looking at the economic contribution of the industry while managing any potential social and environmental impacts.

There are a number of options outlined in the Options Paper including greater industry self-regulation, registration or licensing of STHL operators, changes to strata laws and regulation through the planning system.

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