April 27, 2020 at 10:31 am #227418BudgeeMember
As the owner of townhouse 4 in a block of 4 townhouses I have a totally rotten timber car space door.
I am prepared to pay for a new magic button roller door at my cost however need to select a COLORBOND COLOUR.
All seven other garage doors and 4 front gates were last painted in 2009 a faded teal colour.
I dont want to match this faded color as it is overdue for painting anyway.
The cost to repaint just these gates is $3,623.00 including fixing the rotten timbers and nails where needed.
Nothing! And needed! What process is required to ask them to change the paint colour please?
BudgeeApril 29, 2020 at 5:57 pm #227959Amanda FarmerExpert
First stop: your by-laws. They probably say something about seeking approval to do work that changes the external appearance of a lot/the building.
Even if there’s nothing in the by-laws, section 108 of the NSW Act applies to require you to obtain approval at a general meeting by way of special resolution for any work that “improves or enhances” the common property. As you’re proposing to change the colour scheme, this would be an ‘improvement or enhancement’ : it’s not like for like repair.
Assuming these doors are common property, why not put some pressure on the Owners Corporation to pay for the repair and re-paint? Sounds like an obvious repair and maintenance obligation to me (setting aside the change in colour scheme), and overdue. Noting the colour scheme is changing, it will still require special resolution approval (as it’s strictly not repair – like for like) but at least the OC will pay for it and do everyone’s door in one go.
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