A NSW lot owner would like to know how to gain approval for installing a safe in his apartment without alerting everyone to the location of the safe. Rod Smith, The Strata Collective provides the following response.
Question: Is permission required to install a home safe in an apartment? If so, does the matter need to be minuted as I’d like to keep the specifics, like location, private.
I am an owner in a strata and would like to know if permission is required to install a Home safe in an apartment in case it needs to be secured to the floor or the wall via bolting. I could not find any specific need for such permission in the by-laws.
If permission is required, does it need to be documented in Strata Minutes and how many people need to know? Strata Manager, Building Manager, committee members?
Potentially many people would know about the installation. As a result, the effectiveness of the main purpose of home safe is diluted.
Answer: Call a Meeting to discuss these issues with the entire committee to make sure that all members are in agreement regarding the course of action.
Renovations to apartments fall into three categories:
- Cosmetic work – requires no approval from strata
- Minor work – require an ordinary resolution at a General Meeting or the Strata Committee can approve if they have been delegated this function by the Owners Corporation
- Non – Minor work – requires a special resolution.
Cosmetic work is defined in Section 109 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 as:
“Cosmetic work” includes but is not limited to work for the following purposes–
- installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings and other things on walls,
- installing or replacing handrails,
- filling minor holes and cracks in internal walls,
- laying carpet,
- installing or replacing built-in wardrobes,
- installing or replacing internal blinds and curtains,
- any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.
Whilst installing a safe isn’t specifically mentioned in the strata legislation, I would say that this work would be considered minor work which would require the approval of strata at a meeting. This defeats what you are wanting to achieve.
A better solution may be discrete and secure storage options outside of the building (such as Kennards or similar).
Have a question about installing a safe, other cosmetic work at your apartment or something to add to the article? Leave a comment below.
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This post appears in Strata News #324.
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