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My strata scheme is considering shutting off the heating on the swimming pool from June till August and have circulated a straw poll to discover how many residents and owners are in favour.
To most people, except the handful who use it in the winter months, this makes some sort of sense, although the financial savings will be minimal (about $6 per month, per unit).
However, shutting off the heating basically means closing the pool. Will tenants in the building be able to claim rent reductions for the duration, due to reduced facilities?
And can the committee and/or owners corporation do this anyway without a by-law since it is altering common property?
This is an issue that arises in this building every couple of years, usually promoted by non-swimmers who live in the top-level apartments with the highest levies. It is always voted down at AGMs when it comes up.
I don’t particularly care either way – except that I can see us being dragged into a nasty and expensive Tribunal battle for the sake of a few dollars savings.
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