Strata Plan & Strata Subdivision
What is a Strata Plan?
Strata is a term native to the Property Law in Australia. In essence, strata refer to a multi-level building. The strata system of property ownership was introduced in New South Wales 50 years ago.
Today, Australia has several thousand properties based on the strata-based model of ownership. Properties that can fall under the strata model include residential, commercial, hybrid (residential and commercial use), resorts, and serviced apartments.
As a company with over 50 years of combined experience in strata plans & strata subdivision surveying, Citisurv Pty Ltd., can empower you with highly reliable strata plans.
We employ the latest in software and equipment to deliver technically accurate strata plans & strata subdivision services for our residential and commercial clients. We have land surveying professionals who keep themselves up-to-date in strata plans & strata subdivision surveying fields with regular workshops and training.
In order to understand strata plan, it is important to get to know the other interdependent terms.
A strata scheme refers to a single building or a group of buildings, divided into units called “Lots”. So, a lot can be an individual apartment, house or a townhouse. A person buying a lot becomes the owner of the individual unit and shares the ownership for common areas with other occupants. Common areas include spaces such as external walls, stairways, gardens and driveways.
The ownership is offered and governed by a legal body, which can vary depending on the state you live in and the type of strata scheme. The legal body can be an Owners Corporation, community association, body corporate or a strata company.
A strata plan is a description of the strata scheme, containing all details about the scheme. A strata plan is also the source of key information such as details of individual Lots and common areas. Information is presented in the form of text descriptions and sketches. The entire strata plan comes in the form of a registered document.
Components of a Strata Plan
- Location Plan – This plan describes the strata scheme in relation to the land on which it stands, and its neighbouring properties.
- Floor Plan – This plan presents information about the boundaries of each individual Lot within the strata scheme.
- Common Areas – Areas outside the boundaries specified for lots in the floor plan become common areas.
Presentation of a Strata Plan
A registered strata plan contains the following elements:
- Name of the strata scheme
- Registered address of the strata scheme
- Number of the strata plan
- Registration date of the strata scheme – date on which the scheme was submitted for registration
- Date of examination of the strata scheme by the registration authority
- Actual date of registration
- A confirmation of stipulation of by-laws, if any, for the strata scheme. By-laws refer to rules that owners and tenants residing in the strata scheme, need to abide by.
- Details of Lot volume
- Approval seal containing the date and sign from the office of the approving government body
Once registered, the strata plan goes into public records.
A strata system of living offers the benefit of community living. Awareness of strata system is important to understand the type of ownership you will be able to enjoy as an owner.
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