You have rights as the owner of your unit or apartment – as well as sharing ownership and responsibility for ‘common property’ such as foyers, driveways and gardens. As a unit owner, you are automatically a member of the ‘Owners Corporation’ which has responsibility for common property.
Your interest and voting rights (at general meetings of the Owners Corporation), known as lot entitlements, are spelt out on the strata plan or certificate of title for the building. These should be included in your contract and you should take the time to understand them.
You must pay your levies and comply with the scheme’s by-laws, which can cover everything from renovations to pets.
You have the right to contribute to your community’s decision making, to stand for a position on your committee and generally be heard.