Owners corp - Approval to renovate

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  1. jatz

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    Hi . I have an 1960's style flat that needs repairs to the windows. There are 9 flats in the complex, all ground floor, in Melbourne, southern suburb. There is no maintenance plan or no sinking fund. I think I may need to replace some windows and was wondering how to get the ok to change the window into a door.
    It would not be visible to the front of the complex and would just be a sliding door onto a washing line area that no one uses, but is common property.
    Has any one had success in doing this ? What sort of structural plans, reports etc would i need and where is the best place to start? or is it impossible ? Thankyou
     
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    Start by approaching the OC manager to bring up at a meeting/vote.

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    Lets focus on the question "Can I convert my window into a door" which splits into two questions:
    - "How do I go about requesting permission from the body corporate in a way which maximizes my chances of approval"
    - "Who do I engage to professionally advise me on the cost of converting this window into a door"

    If I were you, I'd be looking at the feasibility first. Get a builder or two out to have a look at the job. They might say "easy, here's the quote' OR "big job, get an engineer" (and with any luck, provide a rough estimate before you potentially waste $$ on an engineer). Anything is possible with enough money, but for example, is the door worth $10k to you?

    If you've got a pretty good idea what it's going to cost before you've outlaid anything (engineers report will probably cost around $1k if you need it) and you think you're happy to go ahead, then contact the body corporate. Talk to whoever you've found helpful in the past to find out the procedure, it'll end up coming down to a vote in a meeting.
     
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    Thank you so much for your replies.
    As they are a very inactive - no interest in approving anything, or even attending meetings style of owners corp, I would need the confidence that it was possible,and also within budget before i approach them.
    Wasn't sure if I also have to get council approval, but thanks, i will contact a builder.
     
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    That's good. You can get the OC manager to word the vote in a way that "if no one objects within 28 days of this notice, too bad so sad". i.e. if they don;t respond, it is counted as a "approve" vote. Unless the majority objects, you can go ahead.

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    A door is not a window. Does replacing a door with a window still satisfy the ventilation and natural lighting requirements of the BCA for the room?
     
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    Doing the reverse as I read it : Window > Door

    Assuming it's a glass sliding door, only concern would be security I imagine.

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    The op is changing a window to a door hence light/ventilation issues. Not a problem the other way around sad a sole occupancy unit generally only requires a single point of entry.
     
  9. jatz

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    Yes, it a one bedroom flat. Front door would remain.
    It's the bedroom windows, currently large windows that I would like to change to a glass sliding door.