This Q&A about the need to upgrade the building for disability access has been answered by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal.
Question: In Queensland, do existing bodies corporate have an obligation to update buildings specifically for wheelchair and disability access without any other improvements being made to the building?
Answer: If someone needed something upgraded to suit their circumstances for example disability access, they are likely to be successful.
We have only had this one or twice, but the answer both times has been that if someone needed something upgraded to suit their circumstances, they are likely to be successful.
Otherwise, there is no obligation on a body corporate to specifically go and do things to make the building compliant with the various codes for differently abled persons. If it was fine when built, it remains that way unless someone raises it.
This post appears in Strata News #214
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