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Storage area in strata building
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13/03/2018 - 12:15 pm
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I live in a block of 32 units – 2/3 are rented. We have a small storage area in the basement and a by-law stating that only resident owners can use. 

Because of abuse of space and rectification works, this area was cleared and needs to be set up for storage, eg shelving

We have been told that this area cannot be insured and would now be illegal for such use. We know that insurance does not cover anything left in this common area and any flammable liquids are banned. Are there any other limitations to such storage for our building?

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Olivia – Why can’t a sign be placed on the door of the storage area that goes something like this:

“Conditions of Use: The Owner’s Corporation is not responsible for the theft or damage to any goods stored in this area. Occupants who store goods in this area agree that they are doing so at their own risk. Illegal, dangerous and flammable items are banned at all times from this area. If you do not agree to these Conditions then you must not store your goods in this area.”

To be able to give tacit approval to the Conditions of Use the occupants must be able to see the sign before they enter the storage area. 

Would that work in your situation?

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Olivia said
We have a small storage area in the basement and a by-law stating that only resident owners can use. 

There’s part of your problem right there – tenants are entitled to have access to any part of common property that’s available to owner residents.

I’m a bit sensitive to this as I remember only just retrieving (as a tenant) a locked trunk from a storage room that the owner residents had decided should be for them only and, as a result,  had decided to clear out any “rubbish” owned by tenants.

Tenants make up more than half the residents in strata.  They have rights to use common property through their landlords.

I’m not sure why your storage room is not insurable but the answer may be to install cages and let them to all residents on a first come, first served basis, including any restrictions that you wish to impose.

If the area is too small for that, then perhaps you or a consortium of interested owners could buy it from the Owners Corp (at a fair price, under the usual strata law conditions) and then so as you wish with it.

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