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  • #63246
    minklet
    Flatchatter

    Hi – I’m brand new to strata ownership, so forgive my ignorance on a few things. And first off let me say I would get any work done by a licensed and insured professional, I’m not planning on hot wiring anything!

    My courtyard is fairly large, but it has no outdoor power socket. I am considering going to strata and looking to have a socket installed, but this might be a tough ask. I do have a split system airconditioner, which is not common property (maybe the circuitry is?), and that of course has a hefty looking power supply. Is it possible to piggy back off this as the source for electricity to an outdoor socket? I am hoping that this might make this a bit easier/cheaper.

    Cheers

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    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    I am considering going to strata and looking to have a socket installed, but this might be a tough ask.

    Installing electrical wiring and sockets is a “minor” alteration under NSW strata law, which means all you have to do is tell the committee what you are doing and get their approval which may not be unreasonably refused. If you can show that it will be done by a professional and it won’t irretrievably damage common property, they probably don’t have grounds for refusal.

    Section 110 (linked above) says:

    1)  The owner of a lot in a strata scheme may carry out work for the purposes of minor renovations to common property in connection with the owner’s lot with the approval of the owners corporation given by resolution at a general meeting. A special resolution authorising the work is not required.

    (2)  The approval may be subject to reasonable conditions imposed by the owners corporation and cannot be unreasonably withheld by the owners corporation.

    Many strata committees take the view that “approval of the owners corporation given by resolution at a general meeting” means that the committee can make that decision provided they have been delegated broad powers to do so at a general meeting.

    I would talk to your strata manager or committee secretary before you start messing with the aircon power supply.

    #63249
    minklet
    Flatchatter
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    I would have expected that that changes if I need to drill a hole through the external wall to get power from inside the property tho? But thanks for that bylaw citation, hopefully that does cover this kind of thing.

    Oh yeah I will definitely speak to strata regardless of what I find out on here, I just want to get an idea for what’s feasible I suppose.

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    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    I just want to get an idea for what’s feasible I suppose.

    It shouldn’t be an issue if you take ongoing responsibility for any damage cause to common property.

    #63264
    minklet
    Flatchatter
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    Well that’s good to hear! Thanks for the info

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