Elsewhere in this post
Having spent years trying to answer readers’ questions or, more to the point, allowing Flatchatters to answer each other’s, I have a question for you.
I have recently bought an investment property in regional NSW and I am involved in a daily arm-wrestle with a 12-year-old strata manager who thinks his job is to hold the AGM once a year and supervise the occasional strata committee meeting, but otherwise run the block and make all the decisions (while running up Schedule B fees like they’re going out of fashion).
He has even refused to turn over the strata roll because “you don’t need it …I’ll take care of the emails and it’s a privacy issue.”
Don’t worry, all that will be dealt with as he learns the legal facts of strata life. But here’s a conundrum. An owner (not me) wants to erect a screen in the corner of his balcony that’s out of sight of the rest of the scheme and the surrounding area.
StrataBoy says it changes the appearance of the building therefore it needs a by-law. I ask, how can it change the appearance if no one can see it? Doesn’t appearance require the object to be visible?
What’s the difference? If the invisible screen does change the appearance, it requires a common property by-law (which means $1000 in legal fees for the owner and Schedule B fees for the strata management company).
If it doesn’t change the appearance, it’s a minor renovation – no by-law, no fees.
What do you think? Seriously, would you go to the barricades over this, or am I wrong (again)?
Elsewhere in the Forum
- Should your rental agent provide access if you can’t be there to let tradies in for strata repairs? That’s HERE.
- If a committee meeting isn’t properly conducted, do the decisions still stand? That’s HERE.
- Why it costs more to replace a balcony in a Class 2 building than a Class 1. That’s HERE.
- Insurance confusion over break-ins at storage units. That’s HERE.
- How much detail should there be in our budgets and financial statements? That’s HERE.
- Where can I get sound recording devices to prove I’m not too noisy? That’s HERE.
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