A lot owner from NSW is wondering whether Owners Corporation permission is needed for installing a sliding door. Leanne Habib, Premium Strata provides the following response.
Question: Do I need to get our strata or Owners Corporation approval for installing a sliding door between our dining room and kitchen in our apartment?
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Am I install a removable sliding door for the dinning room which is linked with the kitchen? The sliding door will prevent the smell escaping to the other rooms.
Do I need to get our strata or Owners Corporation approval for installing a sliding door?
Answer: Technically speaking you do not need approval for installing a sliding door because it seems to fall within the definition of “cosmetic work”.
Technically speaking you do not need approval for installing a sliding door because it seems to fall within the definition of “cosmetic work” under Section 109 of the SSMA 2015:
109 Cosmetic work by owners
(1) The owner of a lot in a strata scheme may carry out cosmetic work to common property in connection with the owner’s lot without the approval of the owners corporation.
(2) “Cosmetic work” includes but is not limited to work for the following purposes:
(a) installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings and other things on walls,
Because the definition is inclusive, your sliding doors could be construed as hanging “other things on walls” ie a sliding door.
Despite our view, we always recommend approaching your own strata manager first, because owners corporation’s generally appreciate the courtesy of being asked (rather than a resident hearing banging and drilling and notifying the strata manager which might get them offside).
This post appears in Strata News #164.
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This article is not intended to be personal advice and you should not rely on it as a substitute for any form of advice.