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My unit has a ground floor balcony/verandah less than 1m elevation from a common grassed area outside, and steps going to a small terrace that accesses this area. The building is more than 40 years old and we bought the property with the understanding that this unit has ground level access to the courtyard. Recently, the steps from the balcony have been found to be non compliant with the current building code and the technical building report has recommended that strata replace the stairs and install a handrail. However, it appears that the Strata Committee are hoping to avoid this issue by replacing the balustrades (which may be necessary for all the other units, but not ours, as our balcony is less than 1m above the ground), and during this upgrade, conveniently fencing off our access to the courtyard.
They have not yet made a final decision – I have only been advised of the preliminary plans – but what power do they have to do this, and what can I do to oppose them?
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