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Renovations


10 Jan 2023

In accordance with the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015(The Act), the renovation works are divided into three categories: cosmetic works, minor works and major works.
 
The owner of a lot in a strata scheme may carry out cosmetic work to common property in connection with the owner’s lot without the approval of the owners corporation. Cosmetic works include but not limited to the following. Please refer to sec 109 of The Act for more details.

  1. installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings and other things on walls,

  2. installing or replacing handrails,

  3. painting,

  4. filling minor holes and cracks in internal walls,

  5. laying carpet,

  6. installing or replacing built-in wardrobes,

  7. installing or replacing internal blinds and curtains,

  8. any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

 
Please note cosmetic works do not include the following.

  1. work that consists of minor renovations for the purposes of sec 110 of The Act,

  2. work involving structural changes,

  3. work that changes the external appearance of a lot, including the installation of an external access ramp,

  4. work that detrimentally affects the safety of a lot or common property, including fire safety systems,

  5. work involving waterproofing or the plumbing or exhaust system of a building in a strata scheme,

  6. work involving reconfiguring walls,

  7. work for which consent or another approval is required under any other Act,

  8. any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of sec 109.

 
Minor works is defined in sec 110 of The Act. We recommend owners corporations to pass and register a “minor renovation by-law” which specifies the responsibilities for the repair and maintenance of the common properties during and after the work. The by-law can also delegate strata committee the authority to approve such works. Otherwise, owners corporations will have to approve such works at general meetings by ordinary resolution and a special by-law for the work has to be created and registered before commencement of works.
 
Minor works include but not limited to the following.

  1. renovating a kitchen,

  2. changing recessed light fittings,

  3. installing or replacing wood or other hard floors,

  4. installing or replacing wiring or cabling or power or access points,

  5. work involving reconfiguring walls,

  6. removing carpet or other soft floor coverings to expose underlying wooden or other hard floors,

  7. installing a rainwater tank,

  8. installing a clothesline,

  9. installing a reverse cycle split system air conditioner,

  10. installing double or triple glazed windows,

  11. installing a heat pump,

  12. installing ceiling insulation.

 
Minor works do not include the following.

  1. work that consists of cosmetic work for the purposes of sec109 of The Act,

  2. work involving structural changes,

  3. work that changes the external appearance of a lot, including the installation of an external access ramp,

  4. work involving waterproofing,

  5. work for which consent or another approval is required under any other Act,

  6. work that is authorised by a by-law made under this Part or a common property rights by-law,

  7. any other work prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of sec 110.

 
Major works include but not limited to the following. For major works, the owner or authorised party will need to obtain approval from the owners corporation at a general meeting via special resolution. A special by-law for the work is also required to be approved and registered beforecommencement ofworks.

  1. work involving structural changes,

  2. work that changes the external appearance of a lot, including the installation of an external access ramp,

  3. work that detrimentally affects the safety of a lot or common property, including fire safety systems,

  4. work involving waterproofing or the plumbing or exhaust system of a building in a strata scheme,

  5. work involving reconfiguring load bearing walls

 
Please be aware of the following matters as well.

  1. If the work may change the appearance of the plan, council/certifier’s approval may be required too.

  2. The work falls into the category of sustainability infrastructure work, the approval by owners corporation requires the value of votes cast less than 50% against the resolution

 
Please refer to sec 132B and 5 of The Act for more details regarding infrastructure facilities.
 
Rick Chang
Lic. Strata Manager