Renovating an apartment.
Strata are slack and a pain in the backside and there's the usual 'nosey' residents on the Executive who think it is their business to know everyone's business.
Anyway; our next renovation project is installing a false ceiling. This will involve drilling into the existing ceiling (concrete slab) to attach furring channel which the gyprock ceiling will attach to.
It is my understanding that this concrete slab (our ceiling, unit aboves floor) is common property and that our 'ownership' stops with the wall/floor/ceiling coverings such as paint, carpet etc.
In previous 'casual' discussions with strata (regarding removing a non structural wall) strata tried to say that any works that involved common property would require a special general meeting to be called (at a cost of ~$800) and that something like a 3/5 majortiy would be required to approve the work.
In regard to the wall, we simply sent the executive and strata a letter and report from a structural engineer stating that the wall was; non structural, not common property (as it wasn't shown on strata plans) and therefore would not have any effect to other residents. Strata & the executive said/did nothing and we removed the wall as we stated we would.
So, the options.
a)Write to strata/executive and ask permission to attach false ceiling to common property.
Time consuming, costly, may get knocked back by not getting 3/5 majority.
b)Just go ahead with the work, perhaps discretely let the residents above know about the noise out of courtesy.
If strata/executive gets a whiff of us touching common property, what rights do they have to access our property to inspect? I'm assuming they can then demand we remove the unauthorised renovations and possibly have us pay for repairs/inspections of common property.
So, any words of wisdom? after all, we just want to stick a few bolts into the slab to hold our false ceiling, we're not drilling in peep holes!