There is a proposal to place a permanent umbrella at the end of the common property… We object to the proposal as it impacts significantly on our view. What can we do about it if our votes are at the AGM? – Frances, NSW
Q: We are in a small strata block that is all owner-occupied. It is waterside but we are on the ground floor so only have restricted water views straight out of the unit. As all other units have height they all have quite extensive water views.
There is a proposal to place a permanent umbrella at the end of the common property (a pool area which we back onto and which at the end is the water view we enjoy). This umbrella would be plum in the middle of our view. It would only be used a few times a year as the other residents all stay on their covered balconies during summer and rarely use the pool.
We object to the proposal as it impacts significantly on our view. What can we do about it if our votes are at the AGM?
A: It may be worth talking about your concerns with the owner making the proposal so that you can voice your concerns. Oftentimes a chat with your neighbours can go a long way in helping resolve issues and enhance community living.
If you are uncomfortable with this, you may be able to get assistance from your strata manager, who will be able to provide internal mediation services.
As a last resort, if the proposal goes ahead and you feel you are being treated unfairly and the umbrella infringes on your rights and the enjoyment of your property, you may bring the case up with NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).