Forum: Reno plan panic, possums and barking dogs


Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether owners are up to something, or they simply don’t know the correct procedures or they have left things too late and are panicking.

I think more often than not it’s a question of all three.

One of our Flatchatters’ neighbours has presented the owners corporation with plans for a massive renovation including moving some rooms to different locations in the floor plan, and adding a lift.

And all of this landed on the secretary’s desk a little more than a week before the AGM.

There are two instinctive responses the owners could make, neither of which is ideal.  One would be to let it through and hope for the best. 

The other would be to say “no way” and send them off with a flea in their ear.

But there’s a third way that allows everyone to get what they want and need but it requires an element the renovator hasn’t allowed for … time.  That’s HERE.

Elsewhere on the Forum:

  • Who’s responsible for dealing with a possum in a roof space above a row of townhouses?  That’s HERE.
  • The owners corp in my (pre-1974) block fixed my windows before, now they’re refusing, saying they are my responsibility. Were they wrong before or now?  That’s HERE
  • The insurer and owners corp paid for damage to my flat as a result of a bodgy reno upstairs.  But should they pay for the experts I had to employ to get the compensation?  That’s HERE.
  • When I complain to the committee they ignore me or tell me to take it to the Tribunal if I’m not happy.  Is that fair? That’s HERE.
  • Tenant has brought in two dogs without permission and refuses to believe they bark all day when he’s not there. That’s HERE.

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