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Can committee stop us installing lock boxes for keys?
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Our strata block has a number of solo older residents who wish to place individual digital key safes on a sheltered wall near the entrance to the unit block, but our request has been rejected by the body corporate on the grounds it is a safety risk. 
As some of us have health problems I consider it a safety risk to not have access for help if required.
What action can we take?

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You may be able to fit a keypad type lock to your entry doors without approval depending on your by-laws. Ask the SM to clarify.

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I wonder if your owners corp is concerned about a facility that is frequently used for short-term letting.  This allows the hosts to "share" their homes without having to be there.

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At our scheme (NSW), partly due to a concern about the potential for short-term letting, we came to an arrangement where concerned residents could leave a key with BM/SM/Neighbour.

We have a key safe for our security guards and certain contractors and after a number of incidents we came up with a 'safe management plan' - something that individual residents are unlikely to duplicate.

Anyway, after several conversations with the residents, we all agreed that a key safe has a number of - in particular keeping track of the code and who had it.

And in the case of real emergency (fire or medical) - no-one waits for keys/codes in any case.

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