Law Change Allows Pets In NSW Apartments

Pet-owning apartment and townhouse residents will no longer be faced with choosing between their furry friends and their homes when new strata laws come into effect.

The NSW Fair Trading Minister, Anthony Roberts, confirmed in Parliament this week that default strata bylaws will be changed so that pets will be allowed, subject to reasonable approvals and conditions set by executive committees.

At present in NSW the model bylaws say pets are banned unless there is written approval, so this is a subtle but significant change in emphasis.

However, the model bylaws can be altered once a new building or townhouse complex has accepted them, and most do. It takes a 75 per cent vote of owners to change them — via

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