Which owners corporations have rules?

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All owners corporations (formerly body corporate) have rules for the control, management, use or enjoyment of common property and lots. The rules cover day-to-day issues such as parking, pets and noise.

If your owners corporation does not make its own rules, a set of model rules outlined in the Owners Corporations Act 2006 applies.

Download the Model rules for an owners corporation (Word, 49KB).

Rules made under the Owners Corporation Act 2006 and registered at Land Victoria apply to:

  • the owners corporation
  • lot owners
  • tenants
  • sub-lessees
  • occupiers or tenants.

Your owners corporation rules:

  • must comply with the requirements of the Owners Corporation Act 2006 and the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012
  • must not conflict with any other law, regulation or legal obligation; for example, privacy and anti-discrimination laws
  • should help to clarify everyone’s rights and responsibilities and reduce conflict within your owners corporation.

All lot owners and tenants must be given a copy of the rules before they move in.

Owners corporations can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to enforce rules and the tribunal can impose penalties for breaches of rules.