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We live in a 70’s four level walk-up 9 apartment strata building in the inner west.
Three years ago a 2<sup>nd</sup> floor apartment (2 flights of stairs) was purchased by a person with a physical disability. Six of the nine apartments have a single garage, two have double garages and the apartment in question has a single lock-up garage and a carport beside it. The carport arrangement, rather than enclosing it as a double or another single garage appears to have been based on design & balance considerations for the whole building. The resident informally expressed an interest in enclosing the carport at the rear and adding a garage door. Many residents were not happy with this arrangement at the time due to the above mentioned design & balance features and the idea was not formally pursued by the resident at the time.
In the interim, our strata bylaws have been meticulously developed and passed at an AGM as required. The resident is aware of his responsibility to pay for any modifications and maintain them.
Recently the aforementioned resident acquired a mobility scooter and has now renewed the request to modify his carport to accommodate the scooter safely & securely. In addition the proposed modifications include a door at the side to enable scooter access. This is to enable scooter access to what is now visitor parking. Visitor parking is very limited and guaranteeing access would involve the loss of one space.
One of the ways the resident intends to use the scooter is to load it into his vehicle and use it at the destinations he drives to. This would involve loading and unloading the scooter into the car either when the car is parked in the garage or before entering or leaving. This solution removes the need for a side entry door.
The resident provided technical drawings for his planned modifications and based on these the strata committee has consulted with the resident about other ways that the storage problem may be solved. The strata committee also indicated that a bylaw would be required, as his preferred plan involves modification to common property, to be voted on and passed at an AGM or an EGM. This has not been pursued by the resident as yet.
We believe the next step is that a bylaw should be prepared and presented at an AGM or EGM as our strata bylaws advise.
We would welcome any comments on this process to date.
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