An essential and unique part of living in strata is the necessity to follow set rules to ensure all residents can enjoy their home and live safely and harmoniously together.
Some rules are set out in legislation with the Model Rules set out in the Owners Corporations Regulations 2007.
An Owners Corporation may adopt rules, either replacing or in addition to the Model Rules. The rules made usually address particular matters relevant to the Owners Corporation to assist in harmonious living.
Each individual strata scheme can decide on and enforce its own set of rules to suit the way its owners want to live together. It’s important to understand your responsibilities and obligations.
VBCS can advise your Owners Corporation how additional rules 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 common areas for rules to be made in strata schemes.
Rules can vary significantly from scheme to scheme. It’s important you know and understand which topics apply to your scheme and you must abide by these rules.
Some rules, such as pets and renovations, may require permission from the Committee.
BEFORE you do anything, check the rules first, follow procedure and seek permissions.
These rules are in place to protect all residents and to promote a harmonious environment and community.