Doing renovations and upgrades is an exciting option to revamp a tired home, add value or to make changes that will improve the function of the space. Depending on if you are a tenant or an owner of the property will decide what approvals you will need and what laws you need to follow.
As a tenant in strata - in principle, most changes to the building will need to be approved by your landlord, who in turn may need to get Owners Corporation approval. If you want to hang pictures or curtains, paint walls, install paid TV antenna/satellite dishes, or make any changes to the property, you will most likely need to get permission from your landlord.
As an owner you will need to get permission for certain changes and upgrades, but not all changes. This differs from state to state and is mainly determined by the by-laws of each Strata title. NSW has simplified this slightly by the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“SSMA 2015”) for Owners Corporations who adopt the model by-laws. You may also be required to get council approval for changes, so it is very important to research and ask questions before you begin any renovations or upgrades to your property.
Basic principles apply for all states, however, one of the main issues to be taken into consideration is whether the work you are undertaking will affect the outside of the building, the structure and or integrity of the building or your neighbours in any way.For example, you may think that repainting is minor work and generally, you would not need approval to repaint the inside of your property. However, if you intend to paint the outside of your front door, garage door, or even your roof with a different colour to what it is currently, this is unlikely to be allowed within strata. You can understand why, knowing that each resident, as we do as individuals, have different preferences. Additionally, something simple that doesn’t feel like a renovation or major change such as wanting to tint your windows, is potentially an update that would need approval for and perhaps may not be allowable in your strata complex or even be limited to certain tint types dependent on the by-laws.
These limitations also extend to things like:
Need more information on renovating your unit within a strata titled property? Contact our knowledgeable and experienced Ace Body Corporate Managers and they will be happy to help