As a specialist strata law firm, we have developed our range of services to cater for all of the legal needs of a unit owner or owners corporation in New South Wales and Victoria. We don’t act for builders or developers, so you’ll never have a conflict of interest working with us.
STL provides an expert view in reviewing the validity and enforceability of Service Agreements entered into by the Owners Corporation when the Developer was still in control of the development.
We also draft and negotiate new agreements on behalf of the Owners Corporation, to redress the imbalance between service providers and the Owners Corporation.
If the Owners Corporation is in dispute with an owner or resident, we can assist in resolving the dispute through a range of legal and non-legal processes including negotiation, mediation, Tribunal adjudication or through the filing of Court proceedings.
Suffering from water ingress, mould or cracking walls? An Owners Corporation has a strict statutory duty to maintain and repair common property. But where are the boundaries between the common property and lot property responsibilities? STL can assist in diagnosing an Owners Corporations’ responsibilities and liabilities to carry out repairs and compensate owners for loss of rent and diminution of value.
Renovating your unit? Problems with visitor parking in the car park? Smoking residents upsetting your quiet peace and enjoyment? You’ll need a by-law to regulate the use of common property and lot property in almost all facets of strata living. We have a large range of precedent by-laws to choose from. Call us for a premium by-law at a competitive price, starting at $400 plus GST.
An Owners Corporation has only very limited timeframes to enforce the builder or developer to fix original building defects. The best time to commence a defect claim is as soon as the defects start to appear. STL can assist an OC to diagnose its options in identifying and rectifying defects and works closely with industry-leading experts to get fast and first-class results.
We offer advocacy and representation to Unit owners and Owners Corporations in the compulsory government-prescribed Mediation processes in NSW and Victoria.
As an alternative to the government department controlled mediations, STL offer tailored and ‘active’ mediation services to strata communities in need of fast resolution of issues. Tom Bacon is an accredited Mediator with LEADR and is trained in using the Harvard Model of Mediation.
STL specialise in acting for Owners Corporations in making submissions to Local Council regarding development applications affecting strata communities, and we can also assist in preparing DA Applications through Council approval and in the Land and Environment Court.
Strata title has been around as a form of tenure for over 50 years, and some buildings are much older than this again. As these buildings reach the end of their useful lives, Owners Corporations need to think about whether re-development is desirable or necessary. STL is experienced in assisting owners with the legal steps involved in re-developing buildings in Sydney and in Melbourne.
The following is a summary of some of the key concepts of strata living. The definitions are standardized, and it must be remembered that each strata scheme may be different.