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Changing windows and balcony doors
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gbrownie
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17/05/2018 - 4:55 pm
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I’ve just been notified that a lot owner has changed common property in their unit. The Sliding balcony door and all windows (they claimed they were all damaged during their renovations) 

the issue is the windows were common property and now open outwards not sliding 

I would think if they were sliding and the same colour no one would have an issue but the outward opening has annoyed the block.

what can we do to get them to change to sliding doors?

also we will look for them to pay for a bylaw to say these are now their issue if there are leaks as currently it’s been body corporate (1970’s build) 

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I have a similar issue, so I wanted to give this a bump and add something.

Do I have to provide the tenants with a product that will be acceptable, or do they need to bring options that will then be approved?

Which is best or necessary?

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IFaulkner said
I have a similar issue, so I wanted to give this a bump and add something.

Do I have to provide the tenants with a product that will be acceptable, or do they need to bring options that will then be approved?

Which is best or necessary?  

Our body corporate had a special strata meeting without the offending apartment as they have decided not to talk to anyone.

Our strata manager has sent a letter demanding that they use the same brand that the rest of the building has. This company was used in 1970 and is still in production 

but the main reason the OC are really upset is because not only did they rip out all their windows and balcony door, they have also done extra work outside the approved scope, damaged another lot by drilling into the slab into another lot and changed internal plumbing 

so all of this together looks like it’s going to get messy here unless they fix the common property ASAP 

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Hi gbrownie & lFaulkner, I have similar issues here too. In my block we have one business/commercial Lot who some time ago informed the old S/M that they were conducting some minor “internal” renovations – so old S/M said there was no need for approval. At the end of the work I noticed the Lot owner had painted pillars on the balcony a different colour to the rest of the building and also remove glass panes and replaced it with glass sliding doors.  

So at a recent meeting I overheard the above Lot owner inform the new S/M that the new sliding doors cost 5K and was it covered under Strata to which the S/M said yes? How can this be?

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just adding to our bylaw breakers – not only have they done their windows and doors, they have now taken out their front door (Common Property Fire Door) and replaced with their own door

They said they’ll just pass a bylaw for all the breaches!

they don’t understand that it needs to pass and so far every owner is so angry there is no way this is passing

 

such a headache that we need to go to NCAT over this

anyone have any advice on what else we can do? 

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People can be naive or devious doing their reno and often think they can just do it and will get away with it when the dust settles or the owners corp just concedes not wanting to cause a fight.

Usually the offenders only see it all from inside their apartment and don’t consider the impact it has on the exterior or other peoples investment. If everyone played it that way it will be death by a thousand cuts and then when it looks horrible eventually you all pay a fortune in whole of building rectification costs or the unseen lesser sale price when you sell due to your building looking like a hack job. Investors also potentially lose out in higher rents and better quality rental tenants.

I strongly suggest you ride your committee to go in real hard, and if they dont you should take it on yourself and go the offender yourself. That in itself sends a strong message to others there who also think they can do the wrong thing.

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