This website contains the complete bylaws dealing with ownership and occupation of Macleay see at link: BY-LAWS 2013
However, we have prepared this section as a ‘quick guide’ to living harmoniously with your fellow residents. It is not a legal document and you should not rely on anything written here in any discussions with the body corporate or the building manager.
See also the list of ‘Things You Should Know’ about other items not directly related to the by-laws.
1, 6, 23 NOISE : Everyone who lives here is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of the environment. This includes noisy parties and loud music. Please see item 23 which covers this in some detail.
2,13 VEHICLES AND PARKING:You must park your vehicle only in designated car spaces. Residents may not use the visitors car park. Please note that you cannot do any work in your car space including shelving, without the approval of the body corporate. This has to do with vermin and movement of air through the basement. You can’t enclose your car space. This is so serious that the law prevents the body corporate from granting consent, even if it wanted to. See item 50 (below) for a lot more detail on storage.
5. DAMAGE TO COMMON PROPERTY: Common property is not yours, so you may not do anything to it without written permission. Common property is virtually anything outside your front door. It can become a bit confusing when we talk about balconies, and it is too difficult a subject to discuss here. Talk to the body corporate manager for details.
8, 12. WASHING AND THINGS ON PATIOS: You may not hang washing or similar items on the patios. The same applies to bicycles. Patio furniture and plants are okay. Also, see the section on aerials.
10,20: GARBAGE DISPOSAL: We all want to maintain the health of our vertical village.You are required to store your garbage properly inside your property. Rubbish chutes are provided on each floor. Rubbish must be wrapped and tied securely. Do not put noisy rubbish down the chutes after hours or early in the morning.There is one specific bylaw dealing with vermin.
11: PETS: You cannot have animals which are not approved. There are detailed regulations dealing with this issue. We must bear in mind that there are some residents who have allergies that can be life-threatening. This means, among other things, that your approved pet must be carried from your front door all the way to the outside of the building.
16. WINDOWS AND PLATE GLASS: it your responsibility to maintain all the glass in a clean and safe state.
22: INSURANCE : You’re not allowed to do anything which could void insurance on the building. you should make sure that everything inside your front door is covered by insurance. This includes furniture and fittings and in particular delivery people and tradesmen. If in doubt, see the list of contacts for Mr Tony Purser who is resident in the building and knows about the dividing line between what is body corporate responsibility and what is your responsibility.
25: REMOVALS AND DELIVERIES: This is a big one and covers in some detail all of the things you need to know about deliveries and tradesmen. The key points are that moving must take place between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday to Friday. Earlier and later each day, the lifts can be busy with people going to work, or coming home. Your delivery people must contact the building manager well in advance in case wall padding is needed. The building manager will provide a key, if necessary, to lock off the lift being used. You are responsible for restoring the lift to its “before move” condition. Also, for your own protection, see item 22 (above) for insurance “inside your front door”.
36, 37 EXTERNAL BLINDS AND AWNINGS AND CURTAINS: You can have shutters installed of an approved type, with permission in writing from the body corporate. There are limitations on what you can do and can’t do as far as curtains are concerned.
38. AIR CONDITIONING. You can’t interfere with the air conditioning system, except to adjust temperatures. You may not install your own air conditioning equipment on the patios.
41. VISITOR PARKING: this is a lengthy item which you should read in detail. Be warned that breaches of this bylaw can result in the vehicle being towed away. That’s expensive and it’s your problem.
45.SWIMMING POOL, GYMNASIUM AND MEETING ROOM : You can’t use this in pool and gymnasium between 9 PM and 6AM. There are other restrictions concerning food, children, diving and general nuisance activities. Read the bylaw carefully.
47. FIRE ALARMS: If you set off a fire alarm, the Fire Brigade is required to attend. False alarms cost money and time and may put others at risk in other places while they are wasting their time attending your false alarm. They are viewed seriously and you will be charged up to $1000. Macleay won’t charge you, the fire service will. Take particular care with kitchen smoke. There can also be problems with dust from carpet laying and sanding. Do not hang laundry from the sprinkler heads. It makes a dreadful mess if you break the attachment and will cost you a lot of money. EVACUATION: SEE SEPARATE WEB ITEM FOR EVACUATION PROCEDURE.
48. BALCONY AND WATER CONTROL: You can’t allow water to run out through the drain holes on the balcony when you water plants.
50. BASEMENT STORAGE UNITS: This is a lengthy item which you should read carefully. There are approved units, made of metal. We must have clearance around the unit, especially top and bottom. This is to allow ventilation which can be a serious issue where car exhausts are involved. Also, the floors are hosed down regularly so the storage units must be off the floor.
51. BASEMENT POWER POINTS: You may have a PowerPoint but you must seek body corporate permission first
52. RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS: Once again, this is a lengthy item covering what you can do, can’t do and when. It deals particularly with who’s going to be doing the work and where the building manager can find them. Please note that no work can be carried out except 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday and no public holidays.
Please note that the above is a quick reference only. It is prepared in good faith in simple language. You should not rely on any of the above information in any correspondence or discussion with the building manager or the body corporate.