Strata title usually relates to townhouses, units and commercial properties such as a shop.
A strata plan divides the land so property is owned by individuals, with common areas jointly owned and use is shared. The boundaries are parts of the building and not defined by surveyed land measurements
The corporation is formed when the plan is lodged with the Lands Titles Office. Its functions include
- managing the common property
- enforcing of the the articles (rules).
The unit entitlements determine the amount each owner pays towards insurance and other fees. Entitlements are annexed in the strata plan.
The corporation must formally meet at least once a year to consider items such as insurance and any legal requirements. Each owner has one vote. If more than one person owns a unit, their vote counts as one vote.
Strata schemes must follow articles as set out in Schedule 3 of the Strata Titles Act 1988. These can include:
- not keeping pets or animals at the property
- maintaining your unit in good condition
- not obstructing the common areas
- not using the unit for illegal purposes.
Articles can be changed by special resolution at a strata meeting. Any changes must be noted in the meeting minutes and lodged with the Lands Services SA.
Get a copy of your title
Requesting a copy of a certificate of title is called a 'Register search' on the South Australian Integrated Land Information System (SAILIS).
A certificate of title is an official record of land ownership. You might need this certificate for things such as development applications or applying for council approval for an addition to your property.
Dealing with a dispute
Your corporation should be able to help if you are having a problem with another lot owner.
Coping with a disruptive neighbour also provides useful information.
If the dispute is with your corporation, you can contact Community Mediation Services. They can act as a neutral third party to help you resolve the problem.
If mediation is not successful, you can apply to the Magistrates Court to decide the matter.
There is no government agency to oversee the management of strata titles or to resolve disputes.