Flooring Disputes and Renovations

Unauthorised installation of hard-surface flooring in apartment units can result in disquiet between lot owners and owners corporations. Lot owners thinking about replacing carpeted flooring with timber, vinyl or hybrid floor coverings should carefully review their strata scheme’s by-laws, consider the impact that the proposed flooring may have on noise travelling to neighbouring lots, and follow the correct approval process to ensure that their new flooring only needs to be installed once. The Tribunal decision…

Why do I Need Approval to Renovate?

What do I own and what is Common Property? One of the main questions we get from strata owners is, why do I need approval to renovate? Having a clear understanding of your strata plan, lot and common property can explain what you own and what you share. It is important for lot owners to establish these answers to ensure the strata scheme is correctly managed and who is responsible for what. Owners wanting to…

Do you need Council approval for your renovations?

If you are renovating your strata unit, you may require approval from your local council. Whether you will require council approval or not will depend on: the kind of renovations you plan on doing; and the requirements of the local council in your area. Approval requirements will vary from council to council. It is always a good idea to check what approvals you will need for each renovation project. What will happen if I don’t…

Does an owners corporation need to consent to a DA?

If you are planning renovations to your strata unit, you may need to complete a development application (“DA”) to obtain local council approval. You may also need the owners corporation of your strata scheme to consent to your DA. When is consent not required? If your renovations are all within the boundaries of your lot and do not affect common property, your application will not require consent from your owners corporation. When is consent required?…

What To Expect When Getting Your By-Law Approved?

When Owners wish to undertake renovations to their lots, the approval process has been simplified under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“SSMA 2015”) and Regulations under that SSMA 2015. To ensure that this process is easy and manageable this article shall provide you with information regarding what to expect when you seek to get your by-law approved. However, please note that this article is not an exhaustive list of all approvals you may require…