What would be required to change the strata by-laws to repurpose and build two double carports? – Tim, NSW
Q: We live in a small Art Deco complex of 4 in Neutral Bay which has no allotted parking for any units. Street parking is at a premium and there are often times where residents have to park many streets away when returning from a quick trip (e.g. to the shops and back).
My question is, the property has a large grassy front yard which could easily be converted into a carport for parking. What would be required to change the strata by-laws to repurpose and build two double carports for all 4 residents (one on each side of the block) or one double carport for 2 spots if not all want parking?
A: This may need to be done by passing a special resolution at a general meeting and through a majority owners vote. You’ll want to bring this up with your committee secretary at least two weeks before a general meeting.
During the meeting, the special resolution is voted on by the owners corporation (i.e. other owners in the strata scheme). For a special resolution to pass, it must have no more than 25% of votes going against it.
If the special resolution passes, the strata committee may begin to look at costs, timings, contractors and by-laws etc. to begin the work. There may also need to be special levies raised to ensure there are enough funds to support the project.