Amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 have commenced. They make permanent the previous COVID-related changes which permit procedural and service requirements to be met electronically.
Section 263 as amended allows owners corporations and strata managers to serve documents on owners and occupiers in strata schemes via electronic transmission.
The seal of an owners corporation can be kept and affixed electronically. The regulations can prescribe the requirements for storing the seal in electronic form, affixing the seal, and record keeping.
Owners corporations and strata committees are able to meet and vote in ways other than by physical attendance. The amendments enable the regulations to govern how voting is conducted, voting procedures and reasonable steps taken to allow participation and voting at meetings.
The amending Act provides for these arrangements to be reviewed after 18 months to assess whether the amendments assist strata schemes to operate effectively and efficiently.