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With the phasing out of the cheque payment process within New Zealand, Strata Title Administration can no longer accept cheques as payment. Effective the 30th June 2021, no cheques will be processed, via our Accounts department.

Payments can be made via direct deposit into our ASB bank account, credit card, or alternatively payment can be made via international transfer. If you are paying from outside New Zealand, please use swift code ASBBNZ2A. Bank details can be found on your levy notice, all notices are available via your owner portal.

Please accept our apology for any inconvenience these changes have caused.

Should you have any questions, please direct these to: .

Yours sincerely,



Nicola Bullock
General Manager/Director
Strata Title Administration


Did you know that the tenancy laws are changing?

The changes introduced in the newly passed The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 will take effect starting 11 February 2021. The bill is aimed to encourage good-faith relationships in the renting environment and promotes tenants’ ability to assert their legal rights. 


11 February 2021: Phase 2

  • Tenants can request changes to the rental property and landlords must not decline if the changes are minor. Landlords must act in response within 21 days.
  • Rental properties must have a rental price listed. Landlords or vendors must not encourage rental bidding.
  • Landlords or their family members must give 63 days’ notice if they plan to occupy the property.
  • Tenants can give a minimum of 28 days notice to end a periodic or fixed-term tenancy.


Click below for a Summary of Changes



Strata Title Administration has grown significantly since its establishment in 1996. The company now has a third office in Christchurch, led by Gillian Blakely, to add to its Auckland and Wellington offices. Gillian shares Strata’s ethos that responsiveness, teamed with experience and knowing the right contacts, is essential to providing quality body corporate management. Gillian leads Strata’s expansion throughout the South Island with her ten plus years of experience in body corporate management, specialising in natural disaster insurance and project managing the strengthening of buildings.

With the addition of the Christchurch office, Strata now has 43 body corporate specialists with broad experience in conflict resolution, team building, business negotiation, accounts and administration. The hard work we do behind the scenes and directly with the committees, chair people and owners helps our clients to meet their obligations under the Unit Title Act. The Body Corporate industry is thriving. With 25 years of service in the body corporate management industry and over 14,000 units comprised of nearly 600 bodies, corporate Strata is one of the leading and longest-standing Body Corporate Management companies in New Zealand. We are extremely proud to be able to service our Christchurch and South Island clients form our Christchurch office.


i. Confidence in the systems embedded in Strata

ii. Providing the best practice across the governance of bodies corporate and other forms of multi-unit entities

iii. To operate the most professional body corporate company in New Zealand

iv. Striving to ensure that owners have quiet enjoyment of their property and being able to rely on Strata to provide the service that we are contracted to provide


Under proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, every rental property in New Zealand must have smoke alarms fitted by 1 July 2016. Regulations will make landlords responsible for ensuring an operational smoke alarm is in place, and tenants responsible for replacing batteries or notifying landlords of defects.

For your information, please see below an extract from the MBIE website regarding the new smoke alarm law.   For more information click here.
“By 1 July 2016 all residential rental properties covered by the RTA must meet the following regulatory requirements:

  • There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 metres of each bedroom door, and in a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar there must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm.
  • The landlord is responsible for making sure smoke alarms are in working order at the beginning of every new tenancy.
  • The tenant is responsible for replacing batteries (if required) during their tenancy.
  • In multi-story units there must be one smoke alarm on each level within the household unit.
  • Long life photoelectric smoke alarms are now required where there are no existing alarms. When existing smoke alarms are replaced, the replacements must be long life photoelectric smoke alarms.
  • Hard wired smoke alarms are also acceptable.
  • All smoke alarms must be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended replacement date stated on the alarm.
  • All new and replacement smoke alarms in rental properties are to be installed in accordance with placement requirements provided in the manufacturer’s instructions. The illustrations below (click here for illustrations) from New Zealand Standard 4514 provide a simple guide on where to place alarms. You can also find helpful information on the NZ Fire Service’s website.
  • When smoke alarms are installed or replaced, you should ensure the alarms you purchase comply with the manufacturing standard: Australian Standard AS3786:1993; or equivalent international standard: UL217 (USA), ULCS531 (Canada), BS5446: Part 1 (United Kingdom), BS EN 14604 (United Kingdom) or ISO12239 (International). (This should be displayed prominently on the packaging.)

It is an unlawful act for tenants to cause or permit any interference with, or to render inoperative, any means of escape from fire – which includes smoke alarms. The maximum fine for this offence is $3,000.

Note: These regulations don’t override any additional compliance requirements for smoke alarms in other legislation eg; multi-unit residential complexes, student accommodation or boarding houses.”

This article is an extract from Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 2 June 2016. Strata takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for any consequences of any actions taken by the readers of this article.