Unattended Packages in Strata Foyers – Rubbish?

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Did you know that over 5.6 million Australian households shop online every month and it’s expected to generate $35.92 billion this year growing annually by 8.33% over the next 4 years.*

The impact of this has put significant pressure on strata living.

As more and more people shop online utilising the convenience of home deliveries more and more parcels are delivered to apartment building foyers/onsite left for lot owners and tenants to collect.

But what happens if a parcel is not collected?

  • How long can a parcel be left in the building foyer/onsite before it becomes rubbish?
  • Is the parcel rubbish or is it in fact an abandoned good?
  • Who decides if it is rubbish or an abandoned good?
  • Who monitors how long the parcel has been sitting in the foyer or onsite before it becomes rubbish or an abandoned good?
  • Whose responsibility is it to locate the owner?
  • Should they be returned to the sender and who’s responsibility is that?
  • If it is deemed rubbish or an abandoned good who’s responsible for its disposal?
  • What if it’s perishable or non-perishable does that change things?
  • What about the rubbish created, recycling etc?

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The lesson here is to ensure that your by-law is current and in-line with today’s ever-changing world.

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Adrian Mueller Partner JS Mueller & Co Lawyers specialising in Strata Law

Adrian Mueller I BCOM LLB FACCAL I Partner

Since 2002 Adrian has specialised almost exclusively in the area of strata law. His knowledge of, and experience in strata law is second to none. He is the youngest person to have been admitted as a Fellow of the ACSL, the peak body for strata lawyers in Australia. Profile I Linked

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