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I know this has been addressed multiple times here, and I’ve read everything I can find (thank you very much to those who have contributed very useful information over the years).
I’m on a strata committee in NSW, and an owner has requested to install an EV charger in their exclusive use lot, connected directly to their own meter.
Rewinding 2 years, I did a bunch of research around this, and at a general meeting advised of the potential issues around this (basically, its no problem for the first few, but eventually there may be capacity problems (either cable space, or power capacity) which would be better addressed before we start. So I proposed to further investigate the issues, get some quotes for suitable solutions, and come back at the next general meeting. This was voted no (almost unanimous, due I felt to the excessive arguments that had already been had over the defects process that was item 1 on the agenda), and so I ceased to do anything further (and honestly, felt I hadn’t been treated well for all the work/effort put into the OC/strata committee).
So, nothing happened for a long time, though there was the occassional email about it, and the committee basically chose to ignore it, and the strata managers only suggestion was to get a “expert” to survey the building and provide a report, which the committee rejected due to cost.
Recently, it was requested again, and so I added it to the next GM agenda. Our strata managers suggested process was:
A) At the general meeting, we could approve to get a quote to have a suitable by-law written up
B) At the next general meeting, we could approve to have the by-law written
C) At the next general meeting, we could approve the by-law
This seemed somewhat of a lengthy/protracted process, since it has taken over 2 years to reach this point already, so instead, I pushed the point so that we could skip A and vote on B, which was passed.
So now, we are back to the point of deciding what should be in the bylaw, and what needs to be done to permit all owners to install EV charging in the future, instead of just the first few.
A number on the committee seem quite biased against the entire process, and don’t want to spend any money, nor even allow any real consideration of the application to proceed.
Here is my first question. Perhaps I’ve been overly strong in pushing the committee to take some action, and suggesting that we have to do something and/or allow the installation, or else the owner could take us to NCAT who would then allow it (since it seems to me that there is no reasonable reason to deny it, other than we can’t be bothered to make sure it’s safe). Have I overstated this, can we simply stick our head in the sand and deny the request?
The managing agent has advised (quoted):
There is no requirement. Who has told you that this is a requirement ? It’s not in the Strata Scheme’s Management ACT that the Owner’s Corporation must allow owners to install electric car chargers.
Second question. Am I over-complicating this, should we get a by-law written up allowing any owner to install wiring from their meter to their parking space, as long as they maintain/repair any ongoing requirements to do with all the cabling/etc. My thoughts were that since the meters are all on level 3 of the building, there would be a capacity issue on the number of cables (physical space) that could connect from there to the carpark (below the building). The secondary concern was in relation to the overall building power draw, and if the car park power draw exceeded the building capacity, then this could result in brownouts/blackouts to the entire building.
Would love to hear your thoughts, or from other buildings that have actually done this (I’m sure this must be a growing number, or is it only those people with free-standing homes that have the luxury of EV’s – joking).
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