Strata laws give landlords new powers
Are you renting? Did you know that new laws can give your landlord the power to ban you from smoking or having a bbq on your balcony?
Yep. Laws that have just come into effect in New South Wales can prohibit apartment tenants from smoking cigarettes or having a barbecue on their own balcony.
And residents who refuse to comply may face fines of up to $1100 for a first offence, and $2200 for a second offence.
- These are some of more than 90 updates to NSW Strata Laws, effective from 30 November 2016.
- More than 2 million people rent, own or manage apartments in NSW.
- Apartment complexes can choose whether they want to adopt the new regulations.
- Many complexes may choose to compromise by creating new smoking and barbecuing zones.
What are the implications?
- These reforms will make it easier for residents to complain about their neighbours cigarette or BBQ smoke blowing into their homes.
- Those warned who choose to ignore the requests to stop can be fined a maximum of $1100 for their first offence, and $2200 for their second.
- Money from these fines will effectively go to landlords, as they’re paid to the building’s owner’s corporation.
- So look out. This means your apartment’s Body Corporate may soon be motivated to be on the warpath, as there’s money in it for them!
Tell us what you think!
- Regardless of what state or territory you live in, these new NSW laws may be a sign of things to come for renters across Australia.
What do you think of the new laws?
Do you think your neighbours and landlord should be able to have a say on what you do on your own balcony or outdoor area?