How can a strata lawyer help me?


A strata lawyer is someone that assists with the issues that arise in relation to strata schemes. This usually refers to the system of community title in New South Wales, Australia. The issues that can come up if you are involved in a strata scheme are to do with the compliance with by laws, the legality or otherwise of by-laws and how this might relate to the desired uses of the building concerned.

Some other issues which can come as far as the management of a strata scheme are concerned is the recovery of unpaid levies, requests and demands from local authorities such as the fire department, local councils and other governmental bodies which are in a position to make demands of strata schemes. At various points, many strata schemes also come into conflict with their unit holders over certain issues. There can also be issues that arise in relation to the relationship between builders, developers and the owners of strata schemes when defective building work is conducted on a strata scheme and litigation later ensues.

If you would like assistance with a strata law issue, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact forms available here.

Recent Strata Law Information

We have information available about the recent developments in strata law and strata law decisions, cases, changes to legislation and other important information available here.

  • BBQ’s on strata unit balconies

    17 October 2013 With summer approaching fast so is the desire to have a great summer barbeque outdoors, or should I say, on strata unit balconies. Smoke from charcoal and woodfire barbeques can be more of a nuisance for some people than others, especially for occupiers who have breathing difficulties, asthma, children and the elderly. Read More …

  • Compulsory Appointment of a Strata Managing Agent

    This year has seen an influx of compulsory strata managing agent applications before the CTTT. Despite the increase, it is quite common for such applications to be fraught with difficulty and always need to be handled delicately from the beginning. Section 162 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 allows an Adjudicator to make an Read More …

  • An Overview of the Laws in NSW Regulating Retaining Walls

    A retaining wall is a structure that supports excavated or filled earth on a property. Dividing Fences Act 1991 Since 2008, under amendments to the Dividing Fences Act 1991 (NSW) (“DFA”), an adjoining owner can seek a contribution for the carrying out of work to a retaining wall where the wall is necessary for the Read More …

  • New Strata Laws curtail owners rights

    The strata and community title laws cover some 72,000 strata schemes and 1,500 community schemes, and it is estimated that up to one quarter of the state’s population live in or own a strata unit. By 2040, we anticipate that around half of Sydney’s housing stock will be multi-unit dwellings.  Surprisingly, a report from the City Read More …

  • Current Review of the NSW Strata Schemes Legislation

    There is currently a review of the NSW Strata Schemes legislation.  This is because There are currently five separate Acts of Parliament and five Regulations that regulate strata and community schemes in NSW.  Parts of the law have been in place for 50 years and many people believe they are due for a complete review and update. A range of issues have been raised by owners, strata managers and others in Read More …