04 Dec 19

PETITION LAUNCHED TO FIX LAWS ON APARTMENT AND UNITS

It is widely accepted across the Body Corporate Management profession and the wider strata industry that the current Unit Titles Act 2010 needs reform. Key areas needing improvement are the disclosure regime on the sale and purchase of a unit, Committee governance, conflicts of interest, long term maintenance, dispute resolution and bringing the role of Body Corporate Managers into the legislation.

 

Strata Community Association NZ is a member of the Unit Title Working Group initially formed in 2016 by then Minister Nikky Kaye. Its membership also includes Auckland District Law Society, Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, and Home Owners and Buyers Association.

 

The Working Group lobbied government to review the Unit Titles Act 2010 which resulted in MBIE issuing a consultation paper and taking submissions in 2017. The Working Group then drafted the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill supported by Judith Collins and Nikky Kaye with the hope it would trigger the new coalition government to take further submissions at Select Committee level and treat reform as a priority. Unfortunately the call for reform came to a halt with the new government focusing elsewhere and claiming a lack of resources.

 

The Working Group have regrouped and recently launched a petition seeking urgent reform under the name FLAU – Fix Laws on Apartments and Units – spearheaded by Working Group member Charles Levin.

 

The SCA (NZ) Executive sees this is an important opportunity to bring reform back to the table, and it encourages its members to sign the petition, along with their friends, family and colleagues.

 

The petition can be found here:

 

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_92641/petition-of-charles-levin-urgently-amend-the-unit-titles

 

The petition closes on 30 January 2020, and will then be presented to government.

 

 

Thank you for your support for reform.

 

Joanne Barreto and Liza Fry-Irvine
SCA (NZ) Executive