Urban consolidation is the environmentally, economically and socially sustainable response to population growth, but laws need to protect owners and residents to ensure apartment living remains an attractive choice in the future.
While apartments are getting bigger, creating micro-communities, existing laws can no longer manage the interests and expectations of hundreds of unit owners and occupiers.
Since 2009 I have been working with strata experts and consulting owners, residents, managers and lawyers to reform strata law. This week I reintroduced the first of a series of bills, which I introduced last year and amended following consultation.
The bill includes simple changes that can make a big difference to people's lives.
Developers would not be able to control buildings by holding management positions, and disclosure requirements would be strengthened. Apartment residents could take action against dangerous overcrowding and a Code of Conduct would address concerns about undemocratic or ineffective executive committee members.
Loopholes that prevent special levies for some urgent work would be closed, AGM documents could be distributed via email, and an additional method for the service of documents would be introduced.
A number of other changes are proposed and I hope the Government will work with me and our team of experts to achieve the reform needed to bring strata law in to the 21st century.