If individual owners of apartments wish to have synthetic astro turf on their balconies, who bears the cost of renovation – the owner or the owner’s corporation? – Gary, NSW
If individual owners of apartments wish to have synthetic (astro) turf placed on their balconies is the cost the responsibility of the individuals or the owner’s corporation?
– Gary, NSW
There are a few things to keep in mind when looking to make renovations in strata apartments – any minor or major renovations will require the approval of the strata committee before commencing.
Further, owners are not permitted to make changes or fixes that affect the the appearance of the property from the outside. Given that your renovations plan to place synthetic turf on the balcony would involve changes affecting the outside appearance of the property and depending on how it is laid may constitute an addition to common property, the owners corporation has a final say in how the renovations should proceed.
If they do allow this renovation to proceed, the associated cost of renovation and subsequent maintenance may be that of the lot owner as it would be laid on top of tiles or the pavers on the balcony – you should check with your committee to ascertain these matters.
You may find more information in our article on the types of renovations permitted in strata properties as per NSW law.