What to do if your neighbour hangs laundry visible from the outside of the building
If your neighbour is hanging out their laundry in a way that contravenes the by-laws or building rules, kindly letting them know. If you feel uncomfortable about approaching them, you can ask your committee or strata manager to speak to them on your behalf or put a notice on the notice board to inform residents so there is no misunderstanding.
How to deal with by-law or building rule breaches
If the verbal warnings from the strata committee is ignored, the rule breaker can be issued with a formal notice of breach of by-laws with a physical letter or email.
Your committee can hand them this notice of breach after the issue has been discussed and a resolution has been passed in a general meeting with owners corporation approval. Disputes related to continuous by-law breaches can be taken up with the Tribunal and this can lead to fines and penalties.
In Victoria, laundry doesn’t get a mention in the model rules, but the Owners Corporations Act specifically lists restrictions on drying laundry as a valid reason for creating a new by-law or building rule.
If you’d like to find out more on managing unwanted hanging laundry on your strata property, download our FREE Community Living guide on by-laws. Or for a consultation to review your by-laws by our Kemps Petersons Legal team, click here.