Forum: Neighbour throws shade on plan to cut canes


What’s that thing they say about the squeaky wheel always getting the oil?  In strata, it’s more likely to be the loudest voice that’s the only one heard.

However, some rumblings this week are coming from a Flatchatter who’s having most of the light into his flat blocked by a stand of four-metre-high golden canes which are beautiful but very efficient at blocking out the sun.

They belong to the owners corporation and he wants them cut back to about a metre and a half to allow some sunlight into his flat.

Fair enough, but they also prevent owners from peering into a small corner of another owner’s balcony and that specific neighbour is having none of it.

The committee is too timid to defy this particular ray of sunshine so our Flatchatter’s prospects are gloomy, to say the least.

Or are they? We have a solution that will keep everyone happy (apart, perhaps, from the squeaky wheel down below). That’s HERE.

Elsewhere in the Forum:

  • We applied for planning permission  for a renovation only to be told our apartment had never been approved by the council.  What do we do now?  That’s HERE.
  • How much of our boat ramp is our responsibility (seriously, this is from Qld).  Down to the high water mark or all the way down to the base?  That’s HERE.
  • The majority of owners want to vote electronically but the strata manager says one person doesn’t want to do that, there are too many motions and they are too complicated, so we have to meet in person.  Can they do that?  That’s HERE.
  • Owners’ private installations on common property were agreed to be paid for in a by-law but the owners have never been charged. This has gone on for years.  Do we need to have a general meeting to vote to correct the “oversight”?  That’s HERE.
  • A committee member has built a cage around his car space, taking up more room than allocated. And it’s blocking foot traffic. Can we force him to remove it? That’s HERE.

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