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Some owners of a strata building would like disabled lift (operating from ground level to basement) to be shut off, to save some in their strata plan’s lift maintenance cost.
Other owners are concerned about the impact for a non-operational lift onsite and would like to have all related information before they make a decision.
Is it possible to arrange a lift to be shut off? If so, what is the process and what could go wrong in future if it is done so.
I have no expertise to offer here but it strikes me that having such a lift might have been a condition of the development approval by local council, although no doubt originating at a much higher level eg legislation requiring access to people of all abilities. You could start at the Local Council level and ask some questions.
Whilst there may be no present need amongst the residents for the lift, what about visitors? There’s no way of knowing if a future visitor will need it, and it not being available when needed, may open your Owners Corporation to action for discrimination.
Also call the lift manufacturer and ask about any ways you can save on maintenance… again, I know nothing about this and it may be that mothballing it will work out more expensive in the long run as it will be more costly to restart it when needed, but it’s worth asking about.
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