As neighbours, we are getting closer to each other. We hear each others' music, teenagers, pets, working in sheds and walking as if the activities are taking place in our own home; and, we often do not like what we hear or see. The closer we get to each other, the further we often grow apart.
The way in which strata title disputes are resolved therefore becomes important for our peace and well-being. A dispute is not resolved just for the sake of making a decision as to who is the winner and who is the loser.
Parties to a dispute must still live together in the same strata scheme. The settlement must, where and if possible, restore and build relationships.
As such, mediation is an effective means to avoid expensive court fees and damaging neighbourly relations in an adversarial process.