Maintaining and improving common property in an owners corporation

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Your owners corporation (formerly body corporate) can only make significant alterations to the use or appearance of its common property if the alterations are:

  • listed in the maintenance plan or
  • approved by special resolution at a general meeting or
  • composed of works for the upgrading, renovating or improving of the common property, and
  • the estimated total cost is double annual total fees, or
  • the works require a planning building permit, and
  • a special resolution is passed.

The exception is an alteration that is reasonably believed to be required to be done immediately to ensure safety or to prevent significant loss or damage, which can be approved by ordinary resolution or by the committee.

For more information on common property, view our What is an owners corporation? page.