Strata and community schemes
Strata schemes are buildings or a collection of buildings, such as apartments or townhouses, where individuals own a portion known as a ‘lot’. Common property ownership is shared between lot owners, such as driveways, foyers and gardens.
Community schemes are a system of property ownership of lots or units which are subdivided into strata schemes or other smaller community or neighbourhood schemes. Community schemes allow for multiple dwellings on one piece of land such as rural subdivisions or gated communities. The common property forms a separate lot with its own lot number.
Applications can be made by lot owners, owners corporations and occupiers concerning strata, community and neighbourhood scheme disputes. Parties must generally attempt mediation before lodging an application. Find out more about mediation.
Matters are either dealt with by an Adjudicator on the papers or by a Tribunal Member at a hearing.
To apply for Adjudicator's orders:
Download a Strata and community schemes application for Adjudicator orders (PDF size: 270kb)
Download a Strata and community schemes application for Interim Orders (PDF size: 226kb)
You can expect the matter to be finalised within 3 months after lodging your application with the CTTT.
To apply for Tribunal orders:
Download a Strata and community schemes application for Tribunal orders (PDF size: 387kb)
You can expect a first hearing within 8 weeks after lodging your application with the CTTT.
Common strata and community schemes disputes are:
- Excessive noise
Exclusive use by-laws
Damage to common property
Appointment of a strata manager
Meetings and resolutions.
Community Land Management Act 1989
Strata Schemes Management Act 1996
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