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Can I Hang Out Washing on My Strata Balcony?

Having an apartment with a balcony is a great bonus. However, there are many rules and restrictions for many strata residents on how they can hang their laundry on their balconies. Visible washing is considered an eyesore. Tumble drying clothes is costly to the environment and the budget.

The NSW legislation now encourages owners corporations to be a little more relaxed about the matter. In the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016, there is a model-by- law available stating:

Hanging out of washing

(1) An owner or occupier of a lot may hang any washing on any lines provided by the owners corporation for that purpose. The washing may only be hung for a reasonable period.

(2) An owner or occupier of a lot may hang washing on any part of the lot other than over the balcony railings. The washing may only be hung for a reasonable period.

(3) In this by-law: washing includes any clothing, towel, bedding or other article of a similar type.