Summer is fast approaching, and with it is the innate desire for Australians to cook on the BBQ. However, for anyone living in a strata unit, they might think that’s not a possibility because it creates smoke, and that is thought of as banned in many complexes. However, that is only smoke from cigarettes and other smoking products, not necessarily BBQs.
What are your BBQing rights?
As an owner of strata property in NSW, you’re a part of the owners’ corporation in your building. That means you have a right to put forward a change to a by-law at a meeting, or vote a certain way in order to make living in the property more appealing. For example, you could propose that the use of BBQs is allowed on balconies – NSW Fair Trading states that if 75 per cent of the voting members agree, the by-law can be passed.
This could make living in your strata property far more attractive for Australian families. It must be noted that even if BBQs are permitted, they cannot cause a nuisance or disturbance to any of the neighbours. Heavy smoke, smells or dripping oil must be avoided, or the standard complaints process will be followed and BBQ use might be removed from the set of by-laws.
Make sure your tenants are aware of their rights for using BBQs if the by-law is passed in your owner’s corporation, otherwise make the case yourself. For more information about your rights as a strata owner, get in touch with your Civium Strata Manager today!