Strata laws affect more than one million people living and working in strata schemes across NSW, which will increase as our population grows.

Strata living can provide a friendly community-style environment and as strata living continues to change, we want to understand your experience.

We are reviewing the laws under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Development Act 2015.

Our wide-ranging review covers diverse areas of interest – including managing common property, resolving disputes, by-laws including animals, committee and owners corporation meetings, mixed-use schemes, strata renewal and much more.

For more information on the review, please read the discussion paper.

New laws for pets in strata

Since new laws started on 25 August 2021, owners corporations can't refuse the keeping of an animal in a strata scheme unless the animal unreasonably interferes with another resident's use and enjoyment of their lot or the common property.

Your feedback on the review of these laws has helped the NSW Government develop the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Pets) Regulation 2021, which sets out the circumstances in which an animal causes an unreasonable interference.

The Government also tabled a report on the review of the Strata Schemes Management Act, as it relates to the keeping of animals, in NSW Parliament on 20 August 2021. The report sets out the public feedback we received as part of the pets in strata survey and how the circumstances prescribed in the new pets regulations were developed.

Next steps

This engagement closed on 7 April 2021. Thank you to all participants for providing input.

The NSW Government:

  • tabled a report on the findings of the review in NSW Parliament on 29 November 2021. Legislation to implement the recommendations of the review is being prepared in 2022/23
  • advanced the first phase of reforms with new laws that started 11 December 2023 that deliver immediate benefits for residents and owners in strata and community land schemes. Further reforms will be progressed in 2024.

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NSW strata reforms

The NSW Government has advanced the first phase of reforms with new laws that started on 11 December 2023 that deliver immediate benefits for residents and owners in strata and community land schemes.

The changes implement 31 of the recommendations from the 2021 Report on the Statutory Review of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Act 2015. The report was informed by those of you that provided feedback as part of this public consultation.

With the rapid emergence and increasing complexity of strata, it is important that people are aware of the changes.

The reforms include changes that:

  • make it easier and fairer for residents to keep pets by banning fees, bonds or insurance as a condition of having a pet
  • make the strata renewal process more transparent by:
  • ensuring owners must disclose conflicts of interest at key decision points
  • enabling courts to award costs against dissenting owners acting unreasonably
  • require managing agents to provide notice three to six months ahead of their contract expiry date to the owners corporation or association.

For more information about these changes and other reforms, access the:

Further reforms to the strata and community lands laws will be progressed in 2024. To learn about further opportunities to have your say on any proposed new laws, subscribe to NSW Fair Trading’s newsletter for strata and community scheme updates.

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