Duplex owners asked to have say on simpler rules

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS duplex owners are encouraged to have their say on proposed draft regulations aimed at simplifying the day-to-day management of their properties.

The Office of Fair Trading released a copy of the proposed draft regulations for residential community title schemes containing two lots.

"The aim of the proposed set of regulations is to make the day-to-day management of these duplexes less complex and less onerous for their owners," an Office of Fair Trading spokesman said.

A review of the existing regulations under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 found management for duplexes needed to be simplified.

"The Act currently has four sets of regulations which provide detailed management processes for different types of community title schemes," he said. "However, the review found that many duplex owners were flouting the regulations because they considered the requirements to be excessive.

"Simplifying management arrangements for duplexes in the areas of decision making, financial management and by-law enforcement will benefit a large proportion of the community titles sector."

Owners and other interested people and organisations are urged to view the draft regulations and send their views in writing to the government. The consultation period closes on October 14.

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