Strata body’s letter causes outrage in Sydney as tenants need approval to put items on balconies


Strata gone mad: Power-hungry apartment body forces tenants to get BBQs and ‘loud coloured’ pot plants approved before threatening residents about airing laundry outside

  • Strata management company issues tenants a notice about items on balconies
  • The company states any items on the balcony must receive prior approval
  • This includes outdoor furniture, BBQ’s and pot plants in ‘loud colours’

A strata management company has sent a letter to tenants warning that all items on their balconies, including pot plants and barbeques, will now require approval.

The company contacted residents in an apartment building in Sydney on Monday informing them of the new process. 

The letter warned residents that anything added to unit balconies facing the street must gain prior approval from the strata management company.

This included but was not limited to: outdoor furniture, barbeques and pot plants in what they describe as ‘loud colours’.

‘With several apartments currently for rent or sale, we must present the building as favourably as possible,’ the letter posted on Reddit read. 

A strata management company has informed tenants all items on balconies, including pot plants and barbeques will require approval from the apartment complex

The notice also reminded all tenants that every unit is fitted with a dryer and therefore there is 'no reason' for laundry to be visible from the street.

The notice also reminded all tenants that every unit is fitted with a dryer and therefore there is ‘no reason’ for laundry to be visible from the street.

The notice stated that a ‘change request’ must be submitted to the supplied email seven days prior for approval. 

‘We suggest complying with the above guidelines to avoid issues going forward,’ the letter states. 

The notice also reminded all tenants that every unit is fitted with a dryer and therefore there is ‘no reason’ for laundry to be visible from the street.

The letter noted a 'change request' must be submitted to the supplied email seven days prior for approval for anything to be added onto the balcony

The letter noted a ‘change request’ must be submitted to the supplied email seven days prior for approval for anything to be added onto the balcony

The letter states, ‘laundry should not be visible from your balcony at ANY time. There is a dryer in every unit so there is no reason to be airing laundry outdoors.’

Reddit user @HellsAverageRig posted the strata notice alongside the caption, ‘Just got this utterly bizarre note from strata. They want to approve our furniture purchases and PLANT POTS now? Surely this isn’t enforceable?’

Other users agreed, echoing the ridiculousness of the request.

‘Honestly if I was interested in purchasing a unit I would like all the balconies to look a bit different.. seeing one grey pot plant with one grey chair on each balcony would turn me off knowing I would be locked into the same stupid uniform regulations with no free will,’ one person commented.

‘Print a bunch of these off and leave them absolutely everywhere so that all prospective new tenants know what they’re getting into,’ a second said.

‘No reason to dry laundry outdoors? It’s better for the environment (and your energy bills!),’ a third wrote.

”There is a dryer in every unit’ – yeah pal but who’s paying the electricity bill,’ a fourth said.

In NSW if a tenant wishes to make an alteration to a property, they are expected to ask the landlord, owners’ corporation or strata body for permission to do so. If the alteration is minor in nature, the landlord cannot unreasonably withhold their consent. 

If a dispute arises, NSW’s Department of Fair Trading suggests tenants first try to resolve it directly with the strata corporation. It also offers a free mediation service that can be applied for online.  

Finally, a tenant can take the matter to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a formal decision on whether that garish yellow pot plant stays or goes.  

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