Security Lights and Common Areas

We have 4 units in our complex and one unit wishes to install security lights in their exclusive use area and they require this for extra security for themselves. As the lights are in their exclusive use area do we all have to contribute to the cost of installing these lights. we have lights on the common property which we all contributed to including the electricity.

Our Answer

An exclusive use area remains common property and maintenance and improvements to common property remains the responsibility of the body corporate. If the EUA is registered under section 27 of the 1986 Sectional Titles Act (part of sectional plan), improvements are authorised by the trustees, and may not unreasonably be refused. If created under rules in terms of section 27(A) of the Act, unless allowed in the Rule, improvements require Body Corporate consent.