I recently came home to find a large red ‘no smoking’ warning sign on the wall directly in front of my front door – when I open my door, the sign is immediately in front of me on the wall. I am not a smoker, what can I do? – David, QLD

Q: I own a ground floor unit. I recently came home to find a large red ‘no smoking’ warning sign (50x60cm) on the wall directly in front of my front door – when I open my door, the sign is immediately in front of me on the wall. I am not a smoker.

I immediately rang the body corporate chairman, who after a discussion sent me a text message stating ‘I don’t really care if you don’t like looking at the sign – it is my call where they go’. What can I do?

 

A: If the sign is located on common property and a motion has been passed to approve the hanging of signs in such locations, there may be nothing that can be done about it.

You may be able to raise a motion with the secretary in your committee two weeks prior to a general meeting or annual general meeting. State that you would like the signs to be moved so they are not located in areas that owners/occupiers will find confronting.

It may be worth noting, however, that these signs have been put up in such locations as others may have broken the no-smoking indoors rule at some point.