THE great Australian tradition of having friends over for a barbecue might get the chop for unit dwellers under changes to strata laws.
Tenants who create too much smoke when barbecuing their sausages on balconies could face fines of up to $2200 – double the penalty under old laws. It will also impact smokers, if the smoke from their cigarettes or cigars drifts into neighbouring units.
The new rules acknowledge that smoke drift, such as tobacco and barbecue, can be considered a “nuisance or hazard”.
NSW Council of Civil Liberties president Stephen Blanks said it could be considered un-Australian but there was no civil right to smoke or to barbecue.
“It might be un Australian to try to stop people using their barbecue but problems between neighbours do arise and there needs to be mechanism in place to deal with it,” he said.
Source: Inner West Courier