Member call no. 31: When owners are prevented from storing items in their garage space

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In this call, I help Vivian make sense of a by-law that prevents owners storing anything other than motor vehicles in their car spaces. Is such a by-law too harsh? Does it matter that some spaces are fully enclosed and the contents cannot be seen? We discuss Vivan’s options for changing or invalidating this by-law, including what she should do if her owners corporation starts issuing fines for breach…

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  • One point: I note that clause 2 specifies it applies “…without prior written approval of the owners corporation,”

    So how about Vivian applies for written approval? Perhaps noting her space is enclosed, and being specific about what’s being stored (nothing dangerous, flammable, offensive, attractive to vermin etc). If she gets it, it can set a precedent. If she doesn’t, she can take action in the Tribunal.

    Hope this helps.

    • Hi Sydney Chair, yep – I picked that up eventually (point 30.42 in the video). Vivian said she felt she did not think it was necessary to get approval to keep items inside her own lot, not impacting anyone else. Fair enough.

  • PS: And be super-friendly in the application. “Dear neighbours, I note the new ‘Visitor parking’ by-law passed at the last meeting. Per clause 2, I’d like to apply for permission to store [specific items] in my enclosed car space. If there’s any further information you need, or reasonable conditions you’d like me to comply with, please let me know.”


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