You will need approval from your strata council before installing a charger. In some situations, you might also need approval from other homeowners. Once your request is approved, you will also need to work with your strata council to clearly detail the terms of installation, ownership and use. Be as specific as possible to avoid complications in the future. You should contact a lawyer who specializes in strata law to help you draft and formalize the agreement.
You will need to get approval from:
The strata council
Once the strata council has reviewed your request they will vote to approve or reject it. They will also let you know if you need approval from homeowners at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Special General Meeting (SGM).
Owners at AGM or SGM, if required
Your strata bylaws and rules will specify when homeowner approval is needed. Work with your strata council to inform homeowners before the AGM. You may want to highlight how electric vehicle charging could benefit them.
Approvals may be required under the BC Strata Property Act.
Put an agreement in writing
Some potential areas to consider when drafting the agreement include:
Ownership of the charger (only for Level 2 chargers)
This will determine what happens to a charger when a homeowner moves. Charger ownership may also be influenced by the legal designation of the parking stall so it is best to carefully review your strata’s documents and rules. If you own the charger, you should contact your insurance provider about coverage