People, Parking & Ppets

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Tips and Traps for Managing Contentious Issues in Apartment Living

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People, Parking & Ppets

  1. 1.  The  Commi=ee’s  Guide  to  Managing  People,  Parking  &  Pets  Tips and Traps for Managing Contentious Issues in Apartment Living ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  2. 2. The  Owners  CorporaHon  Is  the  New  Fourth   Level  of  Government   ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  3. 3. Developer  Imposed  By-­‐laws  Are  ORen  Over   The  Top   §         Full  of  useless  possibiliHes  (eg  piano    falling  through  floors)   §         Wri=en  before  built  and  oRen  without    consultaHon  with  strata  managers   §         Developers  try  to  hold  on  to  power  too    long  via  by-­‐laws   ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  4. 4. By-­‐laws  Can’t  Make  Dumb  People  Smart   By-­‐laws  should  be  kept  short  and   simple  so  they  are  easy  for  owners   to  refer  to  without  lawyers:   §         Avoid  repeaHng  things  in  the    legislaHon   §         Stop  trying  to  save  people  from    themselves     §         Don’t  interfere  with  life  and    liberty  when  it  doesn’t  ma=er    ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  5. 5. But  By-­‐laws  Can  Make  Reasonable   People  More  Considerate   Smoking  on  lots  and  common  property   causing  smoke  driR  can  be  regulated  via   by-­‐laws     §  Health  evidence  supports  the  ban     §  Inline  with  social  norms  and   community  standards   §  Case  law  authority  supports    total   ban  on  common  property  and  lots  in   some  circumstances  ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  6. 6. Parking  Is  Always  A  Problem  AddiHonal  by-­‐laws  can  usefully  add  to  OC  powers  to:    §       Define  what  a  visitor  parking  means    §       Regulate  oversized  vehicles    §       Authorise  removal  and  impounding  of            owners  cars  but  not  visitors      Owners  with  Htled  car  spaces  or  exclusive  use  can  remove  cars  for  trespass   ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  7. 7. Absolute  ProhibiHons  Of  Pets  Is  Unreasonable   Remember,  bylaws  are  not  about  majority  rule;  prohibiHon  is   not  in  the  interests  of  all  owners  in  the  scheme       §         63%  Australian  households  have  pets     §       Sensible  rules  can  be  made  about  behaviour   ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  8. 8. It’s Time To Be Reasonable It’s  Hme  for  associaHons  to  write  responsible  rules  and   review  exisHng  restricHons,  to  eliminate  restricHons  that   are  outdated  and  illogical,  and  to  address  specific   problems  with  clear,  specific  soluHons,  to  realize   overzealous,  unreasonable  (commi=ees)  can  be  more   damaging  to  property  values  than  the  violaHons  they  so   rigorously  try  to  prevent.  It’s  Hme  to  be  reasonable.       Author,  Kenneth  Budd,  ‘Be  Reasonable!  How  Community  Associa<ons  can  Enforce   Rules  Without  Antagonizing  Residents,  Going  to  Court,  or  Star<ng  World  War  III’    ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  9. 9. About  the  Presenter   Michael Teys is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of TEYS Lawyers. He has a Bachelor of Laws and practices exclusively in the area of strata and community title law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers. He was formerly an Adjunct Lecturer with Charles Sturt University. He has also been the CEO of a publicly listed company and one of Australia’s largest strata management companies managing over $8B of residential and commercial property. Michael appears weekly on SKY News Business Channels Property Success with Margaret Lomas and is a regular panellist for the property edition of Your Money, Your Call for the same channel. You can read Michael’s blog at www.michaelteys.com and follow him on Twitter at @MichaelTeys.comTeys Lawyers practice nationally in strata and community title law representing owners corporations, bodiescorporate and apartment owners. The firm’s practice groups include building defects, strata community disputes,strata title property law, by-law / rules and levy / fee collection.TEYS Lawyers provide an entirely cloud based working platform for their team. The firm provides flexible workingarrangements and has remote working locations in Queensland and Victoria. ©  Copyright  2012  TEYS  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  

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