Strata laws balance the rights of an individual to enjoy their property and the rights of the other owners as a whole to peace and quiet. Therefore, owners when they buy strata necessarily surrender some of the rights they would have as a stand-alone home owner, for example the right to renovate without your neighbour’s approval. Most renovations in strata are permitted only with a by-law that sets out what work is to be done, when, how, and on what terms. These by-laws must be written reasonably so if they are refused they can be appealed.
Michael writes pro-former renovation bylaws and procedures for owners and managers.