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Appeal Tribunal Upholds By-Law Banning Short Term Letting
Article by Jason Carlson, Partner - Grace Lawyers

You have been told time and time again that a body corporate cannot make a by-law banning short term letting or Airbnb within its strata community.


But a strata community we have been working with closely for almost two years put in place a by-law prohibiting lettings of less than one month as a means of protecting the special residential amenity of their community. 

The by-law was overturned when the lot owner challenged it in the Commissioner’s Office.  The strata community was successful in its appeal, and its by-law has been validated.

The reasons given by the appeal tribunal give a most compelling case for why a body corporate’s power to make by-laws is robust, and rightly so.


Apartment Living Etiquette
Article by Tony Blenkinsop, Senior Strata Community Manager – Archers the Strata Professionals

As a strata manager, I often get questions about a persons actions or behaviour and whether they are acceptable. This is a difficult question to answer and as always in the world of strata, the answer usually is found within the by laws of the scheme in question. This prompted me to think about rules and laws and then more broadly about social etiquette, the rules and customs that dictate acceptable behaviour. So if the by laws are the fourth layer of government for strata, is social etiquette the fifth?

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