Renovation

Question

What are the rules and regulations on renovation of a strata parcel?

Answer

The rules and regulations can be found in Part 7, the Third Schedule (By-laws) of Strata Management Regulation, and are as follows:

Additionally, you should also study the deed of mutual covenant, which contain a set of house rules, which you may have signed together on signing the sales of purchase agreement.

The relevant terms in the house rule are applicable too but subject to: the provisions of any written law, contracts and deeds relating to the maintenance and management of buildings and common property in as far as they are contrary to the provisions of SMA shall cease to have effect within the local authority area or that other area [Section 148, SMA]

Part 7, the Third Schedule (By-laws) of Strata Management Regulation

27. Renovation works and repairs
  1. A proprietor shall not carry out any renovation works to his parcel without first obtaining a prior written approval from the management corporation and, where necessary, from the appropriate authority.
  2. In giving approval for any renovation works, the management corporation may require the proprietor to place an amount with the management corporation as a deposit for compliance with these by-laws or any additional by-laws relating to such renovations works and may require that the renovation works be completed within a certain time.
  3. It is the sole responsibility of the proprietor to check with the appropriate authority for the need of any approval to carry out the renovation works and the proprietor shall pursue the matter with the appropriate authority on his own initiative. If the proprietor applies for any approval from the management corporation for permission to carry out renovations works, the management corporation is entitled to assume that the proprietor has obtained the necessary approvals from the appropriate authority, where necessary, and a copy the approvals of the appropriate authority shall be submitted to the management corporation at the time of application for approval by the management corporation. If the management corporation gives its approval for any renovation works and it is subsequently discovered that the requisite approvals from the appropriate authority were not obtained or not properly obtained, the proprietor shall be solely responsible to the appropriate authority and the approval granted by the management corporation for renovation works shall be deemed rescinded forthwith.
  4. All renovation works in a parcel shall be confined to the boundaries of the parcel and no works shall be carried out on any part of the common property.
  5. Renovation waste or refuse shall not be discarded by a proprietor or his workmen at any refuse chamber or sink or water closet or any part of the common property and such items are required to be removed from the building by the proprietor or his workmen unless there is a designated facility in the building approved by the management corporation for this purpose.
  6. A proprietor shall ensure that any renovation works to his parcel shall not in any way whatsoever affect or weaken any structural member support, including shear walls or structural load-bearing beams or columns in the building. If any damage is caused to any of the building structural members by such renovation works, the proprietor shall at his own cost immediately rectify and make good the damage under the supervision of a competent civil and structural engineer appointed by the management corporation and the proprietor shall bear all cost relating thereto.
  7. A proprietor shall take full responsibility for any defect or damage to the common property as a result of the renovation works or repair works to his parcel and if any damages is caused the proprietor shall immediately at his own cost, rectify and make good the damage to the satisfaction of the management corporation.
  8. A proprietor shall ensure that adequate precautions are taken against damaging any concealed wirings, cables, pipes and ducts during the renovation works or repairs to his parcel, and any such damage caused by the renovation or repair works shall be rectified and made good immediately to the satisfaction of the management corporation and any competent civil and structural engineer appointed by the management corporation and the proprietor shall bear all cost relating thereto.
  9. If the proprietor intends to change the floor finishes to any wet area in his parcel, he shall replace the existing damp proof membrane with a new damp proof membrane, continuing upwards at any wall junction for at least 150 mm high. If the proprietor intends to change the wall tiles in a wet area, the proprietor shall similarly replace the affected part of the damp proof membrane at the junction of the wall and the floor.
  10. A proprietor shall ensure that any renovation or repair works to his parcel shall not in any way cause inconvenience or danger to the other proprietors in the building.


28. Restrictions in renovation works

  1. Unless prior approval in writing has been obtained from the appropriate authority and the management corporation, a proprietor shall not-
    1. construct another floor level to his parcel (e.g. to split the level of any portion of the existing floor in the parcel by adding platforms);
    2. relocate any external door or window of his parcel;
    3. remove or make changes to any building safety feature in his parcel and notwithstanding such approvals, the proprietor shall indemnify and keep indemnified the management corporation against any liability which may be incurred or suffered as a result of such removal;
    4. shift any plumbing and sewerage system in a parcel;
    5. change or upgrade the whole electrical system in a parcel; or
    6. illegally connect or tap electricity supply.
  2. In carrying out any renovation works or repairs to his parcel, a proprietor shall not:
    1. exceed the maximum permissible limit on the drilling or hacking of the shear wall for rewiring of electrical points;
    2. exceed the maximum permissible floor loading; and
    3. remove or strip any building joint sealant in his parcel or any part of the common property;
  3. A proprietor shall not tap water or electricity supply from the common property unless prior approval in writing is given by the management corporation.


29. Other prohibitions

  1. Hacking, drilling and punching of nails or screws into walls are strictly prohibited within 300 mm of any concealed or embedded pipes and electrical conduits. A proprietor shall ensure that all contractors are required to use a metal detector before any hacking or drilling of such walls, or punching of nails or screws into walls. The proprietor shall ensure that the contractors are also required to check the as-built building plans and drawings kept at the office of the management corporation.
  2. A proprietor shall not cause or permit any fitting or fixture or any alteration or change to be made to the exterior of his parcel that will affect or change the appearance of the common property or building facade or encroach onto any part of the common property without the prior written approval of the management corporation. Building facade shall include external windows, balconies, terraces, common areas, open areas and all other visible parts of the building which constitute or form part of the exterior appearance of the building.
  3. A proprietor shall not install any television/radio antenna or disc on the rooftop or on any external part of the building without the written consent of the management corporation.
  4. Save and except for air-conditioning condensers which are already installed, the installation of outdoor air-conditioning condensers shall be positioned at the designated areas approved by the management corporation. The mounting of any air-conditioning condenser on any other exterior areas of the building is strictly prohibited. All exposed pipes are to be laid in suitable conduits/ducts and to be painted according to the colour of the exterior building façade. The outlet of the discharge pipe shall be placed at the nearest floor trap provided at the approved designated area or connected to a common designated discharge pipe, as the case may be. A proprietor shall ensure that his contractor installs all air-conditioner units according to the standard specification and such air-conditioner units shall not cause vibration, annoyance and discomfort to other occupiers.


Note:
For landed strata property, the definition of land parcel is as follows:

  • Land parcel – deal with delineation of land boundary. Boundary has bearing and distance with boundary point planted on the site.
  • Parcel – Cubic space bounded by floor, wall and ceiling.

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