Consolidation of strata by-laws
What are the rules in lodging changes to Strata by-laws?
Where any change in the by-laws is lodged for recording on the common property folio, the change must be lodged in the form of a consolidated version of the by-laws affecting the scheme that incorporates the change.
The following information provides:
a) clarity as to the process for lodging a change of by-laws with LPI (Land and Property Information),
b) what is needed for ‘consolidation’ for the purpose of this lodgement.
LODGING BY-LAW CHANGES
Once a change in by-law has been specially resolved at a general meeting, it is to be registered with LPI. A change in by-laws can be:
- a repeal – where the by-law no longer applies, and can no longer be enforced,
- an amendment – where the wording of an existing by-law has been changed, or
- a new by-law.
LODGMENT AT LPI REQUIRES:
- completing Form 15CH
- providing the Certificate of Title (CT) of the strata plan,
- providing a consolidated set of by-laws.
- The strata plan number and the date the by-law was special resolved must be specified in part (C)
- The details of the change of by-laws must be fully detailed in part (E). The number of the by-law must be stated. If a new by-law is being added, then it must be given the number following the latest existing by-law.
CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
The CT specifies the dealings, or references, relating to each by-law lodgment. The original by-laws lodged are recorded on the CT and each subsequent change of by-law has a separate dealing reference. Under the new system, the individual dealing references will be replaced with one sole reference.
The Registrar General’s Directions states that a consolidated set means “the text of the by-laws must be fully set out” and every subsequent change of by-laws will require a new consolidated list. The set should:
- incorporate the change resulting from the special resolution
- omit by-laws that have previously been repealed
- include all by-laws previously amended
- include all by-laws previously added.
BY-LAW CHANGES NOT YET REGISTERED
A by-law does not come into effect until the CT is updated. By-law changes that were specially resolved prior to 30 November 2016 have 2 years from the date of the resolution to be registered. By-law changes specially resolved on or after 30 November 2016 have 6 months from the date of resolution to be registered.
The new step of requiring an annexed full set of by-laws for lodgment has introduced new obligations on the owners corporation to first create the “consolidated version”, and then to ensure that the version is correct before it is lodged with the Form 15CH. Please note that LPI does not perform a ‘quality check’ comparison with the by-law dealing previously registered on the CT.
Deciding on the best process to create your consolidated set needs to be considered with reference to both:
a) your time deadlines resulting from the dates of your schemes prior by-law resolutions, and
b) your scheme’s overall obligation to perform a full review of all your by-laws prior to 30 November 2017.
The latter obligation is as per Clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Strata Schemes Management Act which states “an owners corporation of an existing scheme is to review the by-laws of the scheme no later than 12 months after commencement of Section 134”. Please refer to our separate By-laws Info Guide to understand the considerations relating to this obligation.
If you have any questions, simply contact your Strata Plus strata manager.