Major reforms set to update WA’s strata laws

Significant reforms to WA’s strata laws will come into effect on May 1.

One key change will allow strata owners to hold meetings remotely, rather than face-to-face and vote electronically, which is of particular benefit during current social distancing measures.

There will be better by-laws, and the introduction of statutory duties for strata managers and council members.

Other improvements will see strata buyers receive more upfront information about the property they are looking to buy, and strata disputes managed more efficiently and at less cost through the State Administrative Tribunal.

There are more than 325,000 strata properties in the state across residential and commercial strata schemes such as apartments, townhouses and units and Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said the changes were intended to better support the thousands of West Australians who owned, lived in or wanted to buy strata property.

“These changes will resolve many long-standing issues and make strata much clearer and fairer for Western Australians involved in strata properties,” he said.

“The benefits of a more modern strata framework will be felt by many individuals, professions and industries across WA and support better strata living and property development options for our growing population.”

The amended Strata Titles Act 1985 will take effect on May 1, 2020, with grace periods set for some new requirements to ensure those affected have adequate time to meet them.

For more information about the changes, visit www.strata.wa.gov.au. WAAA is also hosting an online briefing with SCA WA President Scott Bellerby on Tuesday 5 May from 5.00-6.00pm - to register for this free event click here.

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