Question: We need to shave a little off the bottom of our entry fire door to install new floorboards. Is strata responsible for modifying or replacing the fire door, since the front fire door is common property?
I am installing floorboards in my apartment which will raise the existing floor levels, consequently, I may need to sand a few millimetres off the bottom of the entry fire door into my unit to ensure the door opens smoothly.
Is strata responsible for modifying or replacing the fire door, keeping in mind the front fire door is common property.
Answer: The Owners Corporation is not responsible to modify the front door to accommodate your renovation works.
We confirm that you are correct. The fire door is common property, however, the Owners Corporation is not responsible to modify the front door to accommodate your renovation works.
Further, you are obliged to preserve the fire safety of the building, so you should check whether the “shortened” door might compromise fire safety/meets BCA requirements.
Also, please ensure you have the proper authorisations of the Owners Corporation before you commence installation of your flooring.
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