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What permissions are need to replace tiles with timber flooring?
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Puddn
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04/12/2017 - 10:51 am
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I am getting mixed responses to questions about replacing original floor tiles where they are located in a hallway or kitchen area.

Is this a 'minor' or 'major' renovation?

In other words, do these areas require waterproofing since they are attached directly to a concrete slab - but are in areas not necessarily classified as 'wet'?

This question keeps coming up where lot owners wish to install timber flooring throughout their apartments, including the kitchen and hallway area.

Installing the timber flooring is a 'minor' renovation, but the tiling......?

Thanks in advance.

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What are the questions you are getting?  Removing the tiles and replacing them with another hard floor requires only 'minor renovation" approval under Section 110 of the Act (below).

110 MINOR RENOVATIONS BY OWNERS

 

(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 corporationgiven 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.

(3) "Minor renovations" include but are not limited to work for the purposes of the following:

(a) renovating a kitchen,

(b) changing recessed light fittings,

(c) installing or replacing wood or other hard  floors ,

(d) installing or replacing wiring or cabling or power or access points,

(e) work involving reconfiguring walls,

(f) any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

(4) Before obtaining the approval of the owners corporation, an owner of a lot must give written notice of proposed minor renovations to the owners corporation, including the following:

(a) details of the work, including copies of any plans,

(b) duration and times of the work,

(c) details of the persons carrying out the work, including qualifications to carry out the work,

(d) arrangements to manage any resulting rubbish or debris.

(5) An owner of a lot must ensure that:

(a) any damage caused to any part of the common property by the carrying out of minor renovations by or on behalf of the owner is repaired, and

(b) the minor renovations and any repairs are carried out in a competent and proper manner.

(6) The by-laws of a strata scheme may provide for the following:

(a) additional work that is to be a minor renovation for the purposes of this section,

(b) permitting the owners corporation to delegate its functions under this section to the strata committee.

(7) This section does not apply to the following work:

(a) work that consists of cosmetic work for the purposes of section 109,

(b) work involving structural changes,

(c) work that changes the external appearance of a lot, including the installation of an external access ramp,

(d) work involving waterproofing,

(e) work for which consent or another approval is required under any other Act,

(f) work that is authorised by a by-law made under this Part or a common property rights by-law,

(g) any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

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Thank Jimmy.

The debate is whether removing the tiles, located in kitchen and hallways, to replace with timber, will damage existing waterproofing (if any) - which is a 'major' renovation.

In our scheme, some tiled hallways abut laundry and bathroom areas - with a different tile. 

Are kitchen floor tiles considered to be 'wet' areas? 

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Puddn said
Are kitchen floor tiles considered to be 'wet' areas?   

No - if they were they would have a drain in the floor.

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