This Q&A about universal keys / remotes and security has been answered by Jordan Dinga, Abode Strata.
Question: Coming home to find my garage wide open, I discover one of the lot owners has a universal remote. How can one lot owner have control over the security of other lots?
I am an owner occupier of one of 7 units in my scheme. My unit has a garage with its own access.
On returning home from work one day, my garage door was wide open. I have items stored in the garage.
I have discovered 1 lot owner holds a universal remote and he had been checking to see if the remote was working.
It concerns me greatly that owners were not made aware of the universal device. I have been an owner for 4 years and part of the council previously.
Shouldn’t these type of devices be held by Strata Management rather than an individual owner? How does a strata scheme function when one lot owner has adversely impacted on the security of the other lots?
Answer: This depends on whether the garage is considered part of the owners lot or common property.
This all depends on whether the garage is considered part of the owners lot or common property.
If it is part of the owners lot; put simply no owner or strata manager should have an access device for this. Unless there is a specific by-law in place.
The owner should confirm it is their lot and there is no by-law in place. Then raise their concerns and express the issue of security and safety to their strata council care of the strata manager.
This post appears in Strata News #240.
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Please note this advice was provided prior to the proclamation of the new strata title amendments and will be updated in due course.
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