News: Fighting over fixtures

Jun 13, 2017

 

Following the denial of their proposals, a Bukit Timah condominium owner and a group of 22 owners of 12 SunGlade condo units in Serangoon brought their cases with their respective management corporations (MCs) to the Strata Titles Board (STB), reported The Straits Times.

Notably, the Bukit Timah home owner wanted to install “invisible” grilles at his balcony to protect his young children, while the Serangoon condominium owners wanted to cover the trellises in their balconies.

While the STB has resolved the spat with the nine ground floor units at SunGlade condo, with the MC finally agreeing to cover the trellises to prevent killer litter, it rejected the applications of the owners of three units on the 13th floor.

This comes as the wall to be used was maintained by the MC, hence, considered common property.

In denying the applications of the owners, the STB said “an order granted by the Board would equate to the Board ordering the (MC) to permit the applicants to have right to exclusive use of the common property for an unlimited period of time”.

Meanwhile, the STB has overruled the MC of the Nineteen Shelford Road, saying that it failed to give the owner “practical and feasible alternatives” when it denied its proposal to install “invisible” grilles at his balcony.

Situated at the top floor of the four-storey building, the unit’s balcony features railings with 20cm gaps between each horizontal bars – posing a safety hazard to the owner’s young children.

The unit owner’s lawyer noted that the decision of the STB “affirms the legal position that safety is paramount”.

 

This article was edited by Denise Djong.

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