A Queensland regulator has banned a Surfers Paradise woman from smoking on her apartment balcony after a neighbour’s complaint, declaring it to be a “hazard” rather than a “nuisance”, in a move that could
allow bodies corporate to outlaw smoking completely.

“If you live with the urban myth that strata title is like a title to land, you are only encouraging ongoing conflict,” Mr Goddard, a spokesman for the Owners Corporation Network, an advocacy group for strata owners, said.

“You are misleading the market into believing they have property rights that don’t take into account their duty of care to the collective with whom they share property title.”

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