Greg Stilianou, current author of Land Titles Office Practice NSW, has rewritten the entirety of the Strata Plans, Strata Titles Dealings chapter in the service, providing a comprehensive, detailed and practical guide to issues relating to the development and management of strata schemes.
Chapter content has been amended to align with the introduction of new NSW legislation relating to strata titles, specifically the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015, Strata Schemes Development Regulation 2016, Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016.
Greg’s unique perspective as a senior solicitor at Land and Property Information (LPI) ensures that he provides extensive and effective guidance on strata plan and strata dealing preparation, lodgment and registration, and associated matters, as well as accurate and current insights into LPI practices and requirements.
The Strata Plans section of the chapter provides a comprehensive overview of all stages of a strata scheme’s development, from eligibility for registration as a strata plan and lodgment requirements for different types of strata plans, to presenting strata plans for lodgment and issues relating to common property. The document components that make up a strata plan are also dissected to enhance practitioner understanding of the issues that relate to matters of survey.
In the Strata Title Dealings section, Greg has provided thorough commentary on issues relating to owners corporations, the initial period, staged development strata schemes, by-laws, dealings by the owners corporation with common property, and the methods to vary or terminate a strata scheme.
Further, Greg has introduced a new section on Priority Notices, a new type of land transaction capable of being recorded in the Register. New commentary has been added relating to how a priority notice affects land dealings that are proposed to be lodged. Seemingly indistinguishable from a caveat, the service now includes a comprehensive comparative table to highlight the differences between a priority notice and a caveat.
Administration of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)
Greg also introduced the new section Administration of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW) to the service in late 2016, relating to how to best deal with the office of the Registrar-General and LPI, to clarify recent changes to LPI relating to the division of functions, and to address the NSW Government’s public announcement regarding the LPI being run by a private operator. To reflect this latter change, language used throughout the service will be amended in future updates.
With these and many other changes to service content, as well as ongoing extensive updating work, Land Titles Office Practice NSW stands as one of the foremost and most current guides to the administration of the Real Property Act and to property dealings in NSW.