Dumped abandoned goods

Disposal of abandoned goods in strata buildings

Disposal of dumped or abandoned goods in strata buildings

What are your rights if someone dumps their stuff and abandons it on strata managed property? Can you just chuck it out or remove it? Here are the rules and some tips on what you can and can’t do.

Section 125 of Strata Schemes Management Act (NSW) 2015 and Clauses 32 & 33 of the Regulations enable owners corporations to deal with goods abandoned on common property. Owners corporations can now store or dispose of, or authorise the disposal of, goods left on common property.

The legislation is written to enable the Regulations to deal with:

CRITERIA FOR DISPOSAL

The 2016 Regulations allow the owners corporation to dispose the abandoned goods if:

  1. they are perishable
  2. they consist only of rubbish 
  3. a disposal notice has been placed on or near the goods.
A DISPOSAL NOTICE MUST:
CRITERIA FOR THE OWNERS CORPORATION TO TAKE OWNERSHIP

If the abandoned goods are blocking an entrance or exit then:

OWNERS RIGHTS

Note that an owner can apply to tribunal for an Order for the owners corporation to pay the owner the proceeds of the sale, less reasonable costs incurred by the owners corporation.

Please refer to our Problem Parking Info Guide which specifically deals with abandoned vehicles.

If you have any questions, simply contact your Strata Plus strata manager.

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