Forum: Chill out over ‘crazy’ air-con ban


With temperatures going through the roof every other day and humidity reaching saturation – at least, when we’re not in the middle of a downpour – there’s a very timely question about air-conditioning in this week’s forum.

One poor Flatchatter is melting in the heat and they desperately want to install air-con, but the owners corp by-laws won’t allow it.

However, it’s forbidden in a strangely meticulous way. The by-law says owners won’t  be permitted, and the Strata Committee and Owners Corporation can’t approve, the installation of a split system air-conditioner in a lot.

It also says the owner or occupier is prohibited from installing a condensing unit on the balcony or terrace of the lot or any other place that’s visible from outside the lot or from another lot in the strata plan or otherwise changes the external appearance of a lot or the common property.

The by-law goes on to forbid drilling holes in the common property walls for the installation of ducting, fixing an internal air dispersal unit to any common property wall on the boundary of the lot and “all ancillary work incidental thereto”.

Is this just bureaucratic over-kill or is there a good reason for this nuts and bolts ban. We think there might be, and it’s HERE.

Elsewhere in the Forum

  • Do we need permission to move our furniture to another flat within the building?  That’s HERE.
  • Someone wants to install a chairlift on common property stairs.  That’s HERE.
  • Was I wrong to compromise on access to strata roll and emails?  That’s HERE.
  • Urgent fix blocked on accident waiting to happen.  That’s HERE.
  • UPDATE: Bath waste pipe not connected to main drain.  That’s HERE.

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