• Major industry bodies urge Opposition to support strata reforms

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    Seven of the leading industry bodies representing the property development and property management industries in Western Australia have joined forces to call on Opposition leader Mike Nahan along with the Nationals and Greens, to support the swift passage of the most significant strata reform legislation in 30 years through state parliament.

    The importance of the proposed strata reforms in achieving better housing outcomes such as affordability, diversity and sustainability have been outlined in a united submission by the following industry bodies;

    • The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA)
    • Strata Community Association (SCA WA)
    • Property Council WA
    • Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA)
    • Australian Property Institute (API)
    • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
    • Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA)

    “The Strata Titles Amendment Bill and the Community Titles Bill provide a key opportunity to reform WA’s outdated strata legislation and ensure that we can improve strata living arrangements through better regulation of strata managers, improved dispute resolution processes and easier delivery of upgrades and retrofitting of infrastructure, such as installing solar panels on common property,” SCA WA President, Scott Bellerby said.

    “The proposed legislation is particularly exciting for future residential and commercial projects, as the introduction of Community Title in WA will be a game changer for the way we are able to deliver master-planned communities and mixed use developments in WA,” UDIA WA CEO Allison Hailes said.

    Underpinning Community Title is the flexibility to have principal management companies and subsidiary management companies in a hierarchical arrangement within a single development, making the delivery of mixed use developments a more simple and cost effective process.

    “Perth is evolving, and with the further densification of our city, the rise of more mixed use developments and changing buyer expectations, it is imperative that our strata legislation keeps up with the times and supports this evolution,” PIA President Ray Haeren said.

    “The updates will provide the ability for management of residential facilities to achieve improved outcomes for those living in higher density developments. The Association supports greater transparency in management arrangements in strata buildings,” said FMA CEO Nicholas Burt.

    “These reforms were initiated by the former Liberal government and have involved extensive consultation across a range of stakeholders and the community by lead agency Landgate,” said Emma Thunder, Deputy Executive Director of the Property Council.

    “It is significant that all seven leading industry bodies have come together on this issue to support what will be fantastic for our community moving forward. We are hopeful that all MPs will support the legislation to ensure that WA is on par with other states in Australia,” said REIWA CEO Neville Pozzi.

    API’s CEO Amelia Hodge fully supports ongoing collaboration between government and industry to deliver benefits to both community and property industry and stated “providing clarification and removing uncertainty through revised definitions and updated processes enhances practical and sensible outcomes. Existing issues ideally should not be inherited into new schemes.”

    View more information about REIWA’s stance on strata title reforms.