I have done a bathroom renovation in my home unit including waterproofing in a building which was built in 1966. A registered builder completed the works and a waterproofing certificate was obtained. The owners corporation are insisting on a “retrospective” by-law to be registered. Do I need to do this? – Joan, NSW

Q: I have done a bathroom renovation in my home unit including waterproofing in a building which was built in 1966. A registered builder completed the works and a waterproofing certificate was obtained. The owners corporation are insisting on a “retrospective” by-law to be registered. Do I need to do this?

 

A: It would seem so since the renovation involves waterproofing which does not fit the “minor renovations” provisions (for which approval still would have been required).

For this work, a common property works by-law would need to be considered by the owners corporation. The only exception would be if the property already had a by-law in place to deal with such renovations.