New strata reforms to support new and diverse housing in WA

 

                Monday, 22 May 2017

Shelter WA congratulates the Western Australian Labor Government for taking steps to reform strata title in Western Australia.

The Government recently announced it supported the drafting of legislation to reform strata title in WA.

It said the move is the first major shake-up of strata title legislation in 20 years and comes after significant growth in strata living throughout the State.

Labor said the reforms will deliver new development options that will drive economic growth in WA and build vibrant communities. 

Shelter WA is supportive of the new strata title reforms.

“These reforms will enable greater flexibility of land use which will assist with providing a good supply of diverse and affordable housing,” Shelter WA spokesman Stephen Hall said.

“These reforms will support transit-orientated development, along and close to transport routes, which Shelter WA has supported for many years.

“Through these changes, there is an opportunity to provide more diverse and affordable housing that meets the need of a changing population.”

Recent research released by Shelter WA, REIWA and the Housing Authority shows there is a lack of diversity in housing stock in the Perth metropolitan area with more than 70 per cent of homes having three or more bedrooms.

“These reforms are important to the future housing needs of WA, and will assist with the renewal of WA’s ageing housing stock, ” Mr Hall said.

“Although the planned changes will introduce safeguards for the termination of schemes, Shelter WA would like to see greater detail on how this will occur.

“Shelter WA want to see that the termination of schemes is done in a fair and equitable manner.”

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Media Contact – Stephen Hall, Shelter WA, 9325 6660.