This Q&A about whether lot owners are allowed to have a front door mat in their foyer has been answered by Peter Hunt, Mathews Hunt Legal.
Question: What are the regulations regarding front doormats in the hallway / foyer outside of our door? We have been told nothing is allowed in the hallway.
What are the regulations regarding front door mats outside our unit in QLD?
We have been informed that NOTHING is allowed in hallways in our building. On visiting friends in other complexes, we note they have a small mat outside of the door to their unit.
We live near the sea, so it would be good to be able to wipe our feet and get the sand off before entering our unit.
Answer: If there is no by-law preventing a doormat, then the approval of the Body Corporate is not required under the Act.
Whether an owner or occupier can place a doormat outside the entry to their lot will largely depend on the by-laws.
If there is no by-law preventing a doormat, then the approval of the Body Corporate is not required under the Act. As the adjudicator in Ansonia  QBCCMCmr 466 (17 October 2012) relevantly stated at para 9:
“there is not an express provision of the Act that requires an occupier to obtain body corporate approval before placing a personal item such as a doormat on common property…”
However, if the by-laws require committee approval for an item to be placed on common property, then the owner or occupier must obtain that approval.
Even in circumstances where approval is granted, or the owner or occupier can have a doormat because there is no by-law that prevents it, the owner or occupier will need to ensure the doormat does not:
- cause a hazard or nuisance or unreasonably interfere with the use of another lot or common property; or
- breach any other by-laws, e.g. lawful use of common property by another person.
Therefore we recommend that you review your Scheme’s by-laws and depending on what they contain, seek advice from your Body Corporate Manager or legal adviser where necessary.
This post appears in Strata News #240.
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Do you have a front door mat in your foyer? Is it in your bylaws, or did you need to ask approval? If you have a question or something to add to the article, please leave a comment below.