Condo owner loses court fight to install blinds on balconies
SINGAPORE – The owner of a condo near Treasure at Tampines who sued the development’s management company to get motorized shades installed on his balconies, has lost the legal battle.
Mr. Soo Hoo Khoon Peng requested permission from Stevens Loft’s management organization in late 2022 to put blinds on two of the building’s balconies—one on the fourth level and the other on the fifth—of his double-story penthouse.
He expressed anxiety for his children’s safety, among other things.
His request was initially turned down by the management firm “due to the uniform appearance of the building.”
The management corporation’s lawyers stated that mounting any construction on common property walls would amount to exclusive use of the property, which requires approval by way of 90% of the votes at a residents’ meeting after his lawyers issued a letter of demand.
The management firm claims it is initiating enforcement action against the one other apartment in the development that has a motorized blind installed.
For shade, roller blinds are allowed, and for safety reasons, an awning may be erected on the ground level.
Mr. Soo Hoo filed a court application on March 3, 2023, contesting the management corporation’s judgment.
Mr. Soo Hoo, backed by Mr. Joseph Tay of Shook Lin & Bok, said that he didn’t need the management corporation’s permission to install the blinds as safety measures to protect his kids and to keep insects out.
He maintained that there was no exclusive use or enjoyment of the common property when the blinds were installed.
The management corporation argued that the blinds amounted to exclusive use or enjoyment of common property, requiring a ninety percent vote. Mr. Daniel Chen of Lee & Lee defended the management corporation in this regard.
It provided proof from a licensed engineer that the load-bearing walls, beams, and columns were suitable for attaching the blinds.
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