Spotlight on Western Australia: Reforms coming to strata properties

21 April 2016

By Kevin Zakreski

This month marks a significant development in a major project to reform strata-property law in Western Australia.

Landgate, an agency similar to British Columbia’s Land Title and Survey Authority, has been carrying out a project to reform Western Australia’s Strata Titles Act 1985 (PDF) since September 2013. A consultation paper (PDF) for the project was published in October 2014, opening a public-consultation period that lasted until January 2015.

Since that time, Landgate had been refining its proposals and carrying out further consultation and research. Landgate has now received approval from the state cabinet for Western Australia “to draft the proposed amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 following their consideration of Landgate’s recommended reforms.” The draft legislation will be based on concepts found in Landgate’s Approved Reforms Statement (PDF).

The areas of reform that will be addressed are:

Landgate anticipates that a bill to implement these reforms will be introduced into the Western Australia parliament in spring 2016.

Many of Landgate’s areas of reform touch on issues that are being considered in British Columbia, by BCLI and by other groups. Future posts will go into more detail on how Western Australia’s reforms compare with British Columbia’s.

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