Pro-pet campaigners are pushing to keep alive their bill to prevent apartment buildings from banning animals by proposing to give the NSW government fresh powers to define to what is “unreasonable” in strata bylaws.
“Strata communities operate as a democratic decision-making body and the 1.1 million people living in strata in NSW deserve certainty about the laws governing how they can make bylaws for their buildings,” said Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson.
“As drafted, this amendment would likely not enable a bylaw to be considered reasonable if the property is ill-suited for the keeping of pets, if the pet may be a threat to persons or property, or if an owners corporation has unanimously decided to prohibit the keeping of pets."
On the side of strata owners saying they should keep their right to vote to impose pet bans, the peak body, the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), has called on the NSW opposition and cross-bench to withdraw their support for the amendment.
“Forget about this being only about pets, if this legislation becomes law, you’re saying the democratic process doesn’t matter,” said OCN spokesperson Stephen Goddard. “It’s OK for anyone to do anything anytime.
“This amendment will set a precedent that puts ‘on the table’ everything that strata residents take for granted: rules around noise, to barbecues on balconies and parking … We are not for or against pets. What we oppose is an ill-conceived, rushed amendment that has the potential to create chaos in strata buildings.”