Strata units are a popular housing option in Australia. They are usually apartment blocks that are managed by an external body, with rules set out in the strata title deed. There are many rules and by-laws that are applicable to strata living, and these are usually mentioned in the strata report when you get a strata inspection in Sydney. Knowing these regulations and by-laws is very important before you make a decision whether you want to live within a strata scheme.
Smoking is one of the biggest problems that people living in strata units can face, whether it is for themselves, or due to other people smoking. Many people living in these units do not realise what implications there can be when it comes to smoking on balconies of their building. Most times smokers may be breaking laws and hurting other people through second-hand smoke exposure, all without realising what they’re doing!
Can you stop a neighbour from smoking on the balcony?
Strata units are buildings where people own individual apartments of the entire building. The owners can decide how they want to manage their strata title, but usually, there is an external body that manages the property. This means that if someone lives in these properties, then rules set out by management will be applied to everyone living in this unit regardless of whether you agree with them or not. These rules may concern anything about your apartment and common property areas such as lifts, balconies etc. There are also some specific things regarding smokers. When it comes to smoking restrictions imposed by councils these vary across different states even though the gist of the rule is the same. Generally, it is illegal to smoke in public places and close to building entry points (e.g., doorways). This is why it is so important to get strata reports in Sydney so that you know what is allowed and what is not, before starting your life in a strata unit.
The first thing that you should consider would be what exactly does smoking on your balcony mean? Is it about smoking cigarettes or vaping as well? What are the implications of this for other people living in these units? For example, if there are children living underneath them then maybe their health could be at risk because second-hand smoke rises up into open windows etc. If someone has asthma or any other respiratory illness they might not be able to cope with these fumes entering through an open window either. When it comes to NSW strata laws regarding smokers some councils have imposed rules which state that no person may smoke or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe in any common area of the property. This means that smokers can no longer smoke on balconies and within ten metres of entry points to the building. If you are living in an apartment then it is likely that your strata committee has introduced rules which state what you cannot do with regard to smoking inside them as well.
Now that smoking is banned in public places and inside indoor areas, it is even more important to think about the effects of smoke on your neighbours and their property when you decide where and how you can smoke in outdoor spaces. If a neighbour smokes on his or her balcony then this will cause problems for those who live below as well as above them. If someone has asthma, they may find it difficult breathing with too much cigarette smoke around them so smokers should be aware of the effect it could have if they decided to light up outside at home after work instead of heading out into town like most people do these days! You need to know what rules apply in your specific strata development however there are some general guidelines that all apartment owners should follow. There is a lot of debate about whether it is acceptable to smoke on your balcony with recent reports stating that the number one reason for complaints in apartment buildings are smoking. The rules state very clearly around where and how you can smoke in outdoor spaces.