Body Corporate FAQs
Can a barking dog be banned from a strata scheme in Queensland?
The Queensland Government has proposed reforms to strata legislation that, when passed, will affect the rules regarding pet ownership in strata schemes. Sign up to our mailing list for the most up-to-date information as these laws are released.
The Importance of a Properly Drafted Pet By-law
Residents are entitled to their amenity not being unreasonably interfered with. A barking dog can be a nuisance to other residents; however, just because an approved dog has one bad night does not entitle the body corporate to withdraw its approval.
Having properly drafted pet by-law is essential to managing issues such as nuisance caused by pets. Adjudicators have ordered animals to be removed from a scheme where an owner has not been able to control them. But a properly drafted pet by-law must be in place to give a body corporate the authority to start a process for a nuisance animal to be dealt with.
Some interesting general information can be found here, but it is recommended that committees seek legal advice before amending existing by-laws or introducing a new by-law.
Hynes Webinars related to Pets in Strata
Refusing and removing a pet: https://blog.hyneslegal.com.au/webinars/lawfully-refusing-and-removing-a-pet
Pets in strata: https://blog.hyneslegal.com.au/webinars/pets-in-strata
The saga of Joe the galah: https://blog.hyneslegal.com.au/news/the-saga-of-joe-the-unwanted-galah