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We live in a 3 storey walk-up apartment building (three units per floor) in Sydney’s Inner West. One resident who owns a unit on the 2nd floor has recently had a stroke and has asked for approval to install a chairlift on the only staircase providing access to all units. Installing an internal lift is out of the question.
While we have sympathy for this resident’s situation, we have serious concerns about the impact of the installation of a chairlift. These concerns include:
- impeding emergency exit for residents and entry for emergency services
- reduced width of stairs for movement of large furniture items
- the effect on the resale value of all the apartments
Has anyone had experience with this situation?
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