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First time poster, hope this makes sense and is in the right section!
I’m an investor-owner of a ground floor lot in a block of 4. 2 ground floor and 2 first floor.
The 1st floor lots are accessed by 1 front and 1 rear set of concrete stairs, ie each is shared by the 2 upstairs lots. The rear stairs connect to the rear lots by a small shared balcony.
There’s a number of pieces of work needed to the block for repair and maintenance and the work is being scoped at the moment. Part of it involves significant repairs to this rear set of stairs.
The option put forward by the other 3 owners would demolish the existing shared rear stair and create 2 new individual rear stairs for each of those 2 upstairs lots, along with an extension to the balcony and some screens. Effectively giving them both private entrances, as well as a larger balcony each which only they would realistically use with screens giving those balconies privacy from each other.
It makes sense whilst major work is being done to consider this, but would be more expensive than the minimum to repair, and offers significant benefit exclusively to them.
On that basis I don’t believe I should have to pay extra for this level of improvement to their lots, and that it’s creating new exclusive use property and they should fund the difference (probably $50k) under a bylaw.
Is there anything I’m missing or other alternative ways to handle it? Given it is 3 versus 1 when it comes to voting is there a chance I could get forced into it?
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