Apartment Front Door Lock - Owners Corporation
Last edited 21/01/2019 - 15:51
I am looking at installing an electronic smart lock onto the front door of my apartment.
From my research, the front door is common property, however the ownership of the lock is a bit less clear. All the apartment door locks currently form part of a registered key system with the "do not copy" tag. The by-laws for my building don't specifically mention the need for that particular lock (although there are points on what to do about how the secure keys should be handled - eg when lost).
I sent off an informal request to the owners corporation to get some information on whether any approvals were required for the installation. They have responded by saying that the smart locks have not been approved in the building as they will compromise the registered key system and building security. However, they have also advised that I am able to submit a formal request to the committee for consideration. The next meeting is in a couple of months.
I am looking at submitting a formal request, however, I would also like to provide as much information as I can to back up my case. I do prefer the convenience of not having to carry a physical key (and not paying $50 for that key) and while I understand the secure key system for consistency, I prefer to have my own locking mechanism to ensure that I am the only one with the key (electronic or otherwise).
I would be willing to take it to VCAT (if it came down to it), however I'd prefer to have a logical discussion with the Owners Corp and hopefully agree to something in the meeting. I do remember seeing a case where VCAT ruled that the owner's right to installing their security trumps the OC's rule re using their locks, but I've searched and can't seem to find that case anymore.
I'm wondering if anyone has had to put up a case re the front door locks to their owners corp and (eventually) received approval to install the smartlocks?