Is it necessary to have a general meeting to approve the installation of insulation batts in the ceiling of a strata property? – Meryl, NSW
Q: Is it necessary to have a general meeting to approve installing insulation batts in the ceiling of a strata property? Or can the executive committee approve this decision?
A: If the ceiling space is part of the common property, which is often the case, making a change or installing ceiling insulation effectively changes the common property. These changes require a special resolution to be passed at a general meeting for the change to the common property to go ahead. A by-law may also be required for an owner to make this change.
If you will benefit from installing insulation batts in your ceiling, it is likely other lots will also benefit by installing it in their ceilings. It may be worthwhile requesting that the owners’ corporation consider installing insulation batts it all ceilings. This will remove the potential need for a by-law, and the owners’ corporation will have control over the maintenance, the insulation installed, and the contractor engaged.
Important considerations with installing insulation batts will be the potential impact on the fire safety within the building. Before the insulation is installed, it may be wise to get in touch with your fire contractor to receive guidance and what products to use and the impact on fire safety.