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    Hi Jimmy,

    I live in a predominately strata street of home units & duplexes.  Beside me is a strata duplex, the owners of which has taken up drying theirlaundry on he front balcony, which is level with mine.  This is most unsightly as she washes several times a week.  I have not seen any other balcony in the street with washing hung out to dry in the last 20 years!

    I have spoken to the neighbours and asked them to refrain from this, but without success. 

    My strata by-laws prevent me from drying washing on balconies in the building.  Is this a common strata by-law?  How can I find out whether the drying of clothes on the balcony is allowed under the by-laws in the neighbouring duplex?

    Yours desperately

    JT

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    Sir HumphreySir Humphrey
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    I thought QLD had ‘ban the banners’ legislation that renders invalid any bylaw to the extent that it prevents sustainability measures. As I understand it, requiring people to use dryers would not be valid. Requiring people to use a clothesline one way rather than another might be OK. As I mentioned somewhere below, a clothesline is the most cost effective bit of solar equipment you could ever get. 

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    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    Even if you discovered there was a by-law about laundry, your neighboring EC is not compelled to enforce it. And since a duplex has only two owners, your chances of getting anyone to change their habits are slightly less than zero. I doubt your local council will take a position on this so there’s not really very much you can do.

    There may be a remote chance of taking legal action on the grounds that the ‘visual pollution’ of their washing is lowering the value of your property but I  wouldn’t recommend it.  In fact I suspect this is one of those cases where the misery associated with getting a result outweighs the slight benefit of whatever result you might get.

    In other words, if you can, learn to live with it

    #15719
    Sir HumphreySir Humphrey
    Strataguru

    I just don’t get the objection to laundry drying on a balcony. The cheapest and best value for money solar equipment is a clothesline. I am far more offended by one of my neighbours who never puts her washing on a line, on the balcony or anywhere else. She thinks we should all be using electric dryers! 

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    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
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    I tend to agree, Peter, but Flat Chat is a broad church and we try to accommodate all views. Interesting, when I was researching my answer I came across an attempt to ban electric dryers from one council area. And I believe some councils are insisting on communal drying lines on the roof (for instance) so at least there is an alternative.

    #15722
    Sir HumphreySir Humphrey
    Strataguru

    I understand that this topic does arouse passions! I think the trend is to tolerance and even encouragement of open air drying on environmental grounds. Reducing the use of electric clothes dryers is very low hanging fruit among the range of measures one can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or reduce your electricity bill. In the ACT a Rule (Bylaw) is now invalid if it prevents a sustainability measure. I think balcony drying could only be banned by an ACT OC’s Rules if the OC provided a good alternative such as roof-top drying or some other location that was sufficiently practical for residents, at least that is my interpretation.  I think QLD has something similar.

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