The NSW Parliament has passed new laws around improving child safety in strata buildings that will effectively mean higher costs and more audits for many body corporates.
The regulations state that owners corporations must have window safety devices installed above the ground floor that allow windows to open no more than 12.5 centimetres when the lock is engaged.
The NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Anthony Roberts, says the legislation will help prevent children falling from residential strata buildings.
“Residents will still be able to open their windows as they do now, however they will have the security of knowing that when the lock is engaged, children in their care will be protected.
“Owners corporations have until 13 March 2018 to install the devices.”
The five-year window for compliance is designed to allow owners corporations time to conduct a risk assessment, raise funds and ensure installation is completed by a well qualified professional.
NSW Fair Trading has released a consultation paper seeking feedback from the community on how best to implement the new window safety standards. It is available online here: http://bit.ly/1ciUWvn
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