Have big plans for that patch of grass outside your strata unit? Maybe you’re considering putting in a garden or installing a swing set for the kids to play on.
Before you get digging out there, however, it’s important to check if the area is a part of your lot or common property. Here’s why.
If the garden area belongs to your lot
As a title owner, you can do anything in your own backyard as long as it doesn’t breach community by-laws. That means, for example, that your renovations cannot damage common property or create excessive noise.
Many strata schemes will also have guidelines around the outward appearance of the space, so it’s also essential what you do in your garden doesn’t affect the overall appearance or structure of the building. To be sure, review your community by-laws before undertaking any works. Otherwise, you could be forced to undo them.
If the garden area is common property
Common garden areas work a bit differently. If the space is common property, you’ll need to gain owners corporation permission before making any changes. Typically, this means obtaining a special resolution voted for by 75 per cent of the owners corporation at a general meeting.
Even if you want to undertake repairs, it’s essential to gain owners corporation permission as they will likely hire a tradesperson or the building manager to do the work – not an individual owner.