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  • Inger Brettle
    The State Government has released draft regulations to the Home Building Amendment Act 2014 which provide for the Act to take effect on 1 December 2014. A final start date has not yet been confirmed, pending a review of submissions to the Government by a number of organisations. If you live in a Strata Building with possible defects it is important that you read the full article, which you can fi...
    Inger Brettle
    A building encroaching on a neighbouring plot of land Let me start by explaining what an encroachment is: An encroachment occurs when part of a building on a certain block of land intrudes another parcel of land next to it. The NSW Encroachment of Buildings Act (1922) stipulates that “Encroachment” means “encroachment by a building and includes encroachment by overhang of any part as well as e...
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    Inger Brettle
    More and more new housing estates are set up as community, precinct or neighbourhood associations.The large developments in Sydney’s outer suburbs spring to mind. They typically offer a mix of strata titled apartment buildings, townhouses and shopping centres with shared promenades and parklands. A great recent example is Breakfast Point in Sydney. The developers of these locations typic...
    Inger Brettle
    It is easy to get confused with all the jargon flying around! Let us try and explain the difference between a Strata Manager, a Building Manager/Caretaker and a Property Manager. A licensed Strata Manager is a licensed professional who manages the day-to-day affairs for a strata titled or community titled scheme or building. They ensure the scheme is properly managed for the enjoyment of all lot o...
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    Inger Brettle
    You may have heard of the following terms mentioned in your regular strata related dealings: Strata Schemes, Strata Plan and Strata Title. You may even understand that somehow they are all related, but how exactly, that remains a bit of a mystery. In this article we will try and demystify this terminology for you. What is Strata Title? Strata Title is a type of ownership structure established for ...