CHANGES to NSW strata regulations mean tenants and owners can have more say over the running of their apartment complexes by being able to create their own bylaws, rather than relying on strata regulations recommended by the government.
One of the key changes will see tenants able to keep pets in their apartments, unless the strata committee votes against it.
Peter Fisher The Property Shop director Hunter Ridley said while Orange did not have a lot of multi-level strata complexes, relaxing the pet ownership rules was overdue.
Mr Ridley said restrictions on pet ownership had long been a deterrent for people wanting to downsize from a house to an apartment and keep their independence.
“I think there’s a lot of people looking for that sort of accommodation so I think the bylaws need to be more flexible,” he said.
Ray White Orange principal Libby Seaman said while pets that were classified as companions had always been permitted to live in apartments, streamlining the law would be welcomed.
“I think it will make it easier for middle-aged people with pets to live in an apartment complex,” she said.
Ms Seaman said while the changes may make apartment living more attractive to buyers, renters would always have to abide by their landlord’s wishes when it came to pet ownership.
Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts said 30 per cent of people in NSW either lived or worked in strata buildings and in 20 years time half the state’s population would live in apartments or townhouses.
The new laws are set to come into effect by mid-2014.