NSW Government Fair Trading provide information about reforms to NSW strata and community scheme laws published on the NSW on the Fair Trading website.
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Among the reforms proposed for both strata and community schemes are:
- alternative methods of attendance at meetings including social media, video and teleconferencing
- postal or electronic voting, and secret ballots
- storage and distribution of documents electronically
- require committee members to act with due care and diligence and to disclose any conflicts of interest
- limit the number of proxies able to be held by any person, and limit the matters for which a priority vote can be used
- prohibit non-owners with a financial interest in the scheme (for example, managing agents and letting agents) from being a member of the strata, neighbourhood, precinct or community committee
- a new regime of disclosure and accountability for managing agents, with a contract term of 3 years maximum
- more flexibility regarding AGMs and quorums
- restrict developers’ rights to vote on matters relating to building defects
- expand the range of disputes that can be dealt with by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
- require developers to set realistic levies during the initial period and first year after
- better ways to control parking within schemes
- increasing penalties and streamlined enforcement for by-laws
- allow penalties to be paid directly to schemes.