An essential and unique part of living within a strata scheme is the necessity to follow set rules to ensure all residents can enjoy their home and live safely and harmoniously together.
By-laws are the rules and regulations adopted by the Body Corporate that all owners and occupiers living within a strata scheme legally must follow.
Some by-laws are set out in legislation and these can be found in the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (the BCCM Act). Other by-laws are adopted by the Body Corporate.
Each strata scheme can decide and enforce its own by-laws to suit the way its owners want to live. It’s important to understand your responsibilities and obligations.
Challenge can advise your Body Corporate how by-laws can be changed, or new ones created, to meet the needs of all owners.
Pets, parking, noise, renovations, behaviour of residents, use of common property, and smoking are all common by-laws found in strata schemes.
By-laws can vary significantly from scheme to scheme. It’s important you know and understand which by-laws apply to your scheme and you must abide by these by-laws.
Some by-laws, such as pets and renovations, may require permission from the Body Corporate Committee.
BEFORE you do anything, check the by-laws, follow procedure and seek permissions.
These rules are in place to protect all residents and to promote a harmonious environment and community.