What are my rights?
If I'm making changes to my unit, and it doesn't have any effect on the rest of the building, then I don't need to get any special approval. I just have to make sure to hire licensed professionals who will do the work well.
So you’re thinking about installing some new hardwood floors and taking down the wall between your kitchen and living room. In a strata, you might have to get permission from the strata council to make changes. We walk you through the process, with the example of an owner who wants to renovate their condo.
What you should know
Know and understand your bylaws
Is it an “alteration”?
The strata has to be reasonable in granting or denying permission
You might need additional insurance
How to get your special project approved
Step 1. Get advice from a professional
Step 2. Get strata council permission
Step 3. If you’re going at it alone, understand the risks
Step 4. Before you start work, let your neighbours know
Step 5. Before you start work, let your contractor or trades know about any restrictions
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