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Strata and Community Title Law - JURD7515
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740 or 9230
Excluded: LAWS8115
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Strata and community title are the fastest growing areas of property law. Over one million people in NSW currently live in strata developments and in Sydney, 70% of new urban development in years to come will be high density. In the financial year 2002-3, 80% of loans made by financial institutions to investors were made for apartments. This course will look at a range of legal and social issues affecting strata and community title living, including consumer protection, management and caretaker contracts, retirement villages, redevelopment of old strata, tourist developments, dispute resolution and legislative reform. Legislation regarding strata and community title will be examined, as well as a critical evaluation of the sociology of community living. There will be guest lectures from strata and community title practitioners.

LLM Specialisations

Corporate and Commercial Law; Corporate, Commercial and Taxation Law.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

  • To attain a sound understanding of the legislative framework governing the development and on-going management of strata and community title developments
  • To understand the different concerns and needs of stakeholders in the industry, including developers, investors, owner-occupiers and tenants
  • To become familiar with the urban planning policy debates that affect strata and community title, such as urban consolidation and environmentally sustainable development

Main Topics

  • Legislation governing the establishment of strata schemes
  • Legislation governing the establishment of community schemes
  • Working for developers - translating developers' visions into legal reality
  • Critical evaluation of initial strata and community title development
  • On-going management of strata and community title schemes
  • Management rights
  • Conflict management and dispute resolution
  • Development and re-development of older strata schemes
  • Living in strata: residential tenancies
  • Retirement villages and tourist developments
  • The role of strata in tourist developments
  • The role of strata and community title in urban planning
  • Demographics and sociology of community living


Class Participation Preparation and engagement in class 20%
Research paper 80%

Course Texts



  • Alex Ilkin, Strata Schemes and Community Schemes Management and the Law, 3rd edition, 1998, LBC
  • CCH Strata Looseleaf Service, New South Wales Strata and Community Titles Law

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