Sectional title corner – how to change the interior structure
Hi, I have recently purchased a sectional title flat on the second floor. I want to demolish a non-structural wall that divides the kitchen and reception areas. What do I need to do to comply with both the body corporate and the council requirements? It seems extremely difficult to get a step-by-step checklist. – Scott
Each city council has its own bylaws – you will have to check with yours to see what their stipulations are for your complex.
In terms of the Sectional Titles Act, what you are describing to do is inside your section. You are, therefore, not extending your floor area – which will be the first question to ask. You therefore don’t need permission from the body corporate (all owners).
You need to submit your application to the trustees with the following:
- Drawing of what you propose to do
- Proof that it will not have a structural impact on the building
The trustees can then decide on this and they will probably ask if you have council approval (if that is what your council provides). You will also have to check the Management and Conduct rules to see if there are other specifications/rules in terms of alterations to the interior of your section. But this is it in terms of the act.
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Who is Karien Coetzee?
Karien Coetzee is the national property management consultant at property management company, Trafalgar. She holds qualifications in sectional title schemes management and homeowners association management.