Find out which government is proposing a centralised digital strata hub

Find out which government is proposing a centralised digital strata hub
Find out which government is proposing a centralised digital strata hub

The NSW Government is opening consultation on a proposed centralised digital strata hub to make it easier for anyone who seeks to buy into a strata block to get information.

The hub will consolidate core information about NSW’s 82,000 strata schemes in one place, giving property purchasers insights in their potential new home while allowing the regulator to monitor each building’s ongoing maintenance and defect management.

It will start with Information collected during the construction phase of a building to help consumers make informed decisions about the trustworthiness of a building.

“It will also let the regulators keep a close eye on each strata building to make sure NSW homeowners are not burdened with avoidable building defects when maintenance is neglected,” the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said.

Anderson hopes it will ensure well-built properties continue to be maintained and managed successfully.

Subject to the passing of legislation and regulations, owners corporations will be required to report certain information about their schemes such as annual fire safety statements, address for service of notices, contact details for the scheme and litigation relating to defects.

“The tool will also manage the building defect bond after it is lodged through the NSW ePlanning portal, which pays for any defects found in the first 24 months after finishing the building work.”

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the proposed hub will be a game changer for communities.

“Whether you are a strata owner, occupier or prospective buyer, we want to make your life easier by making all the information relevant to your scheme available on one easy to use platform,” Mr Dominello said.

Have your say about the Strata Hub by 19 March online here.

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Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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