storgae cage dos and donts strata

Strata storage cage do's & don'ts

Storage cages 

What do people keep in storage cages? 

The intended purpose of a storage cage is to allow for overflow of personal items that you do not have room for in your occupied lot. 

From a titling perspective a storage cage is considered a “utility lot” and is specified as such on your strata plan. A utility lot is not intended for human occupation as is a residence, an office or shop. 

People often use storage cages to store bulky items such as sports equipment (bicycles, golf clubs, snow skis, diving equipment), suitcases, or excess small furniture. 

How do you find out what is not allowed? 

The first place to check is your scheme’s by-laws to see if there is a specific one that exists that details any conditions imposed on storage cages, storage units or storage areas. 

You should also review all your by-laws as other by-laws might have an impact as to what items you place in your storage cage, for example, appearance of lot, storage of flammable goods. 

Make sure you are insured 

To protect your items, it is wise that you have the appropriate contents insurance. Be sure to ask your insurer if items in a storage cage are covered. 

Storage cages are not common property so strata insurance does not cover damage or theft. 

Owners should be aware that often there are exclusions that relate to fires caused from heat. 

Design considerations 

The design and location of your storage cage might also have consequences for security, health & safety risks, and vermin control.  

  • Theft – if you can easily see the contents then will your items be a target? 
  • Vermin – are the pest control measures adequate? 
  • Fire & water – if you have a sprinkler system cardboard boxes might not be the best choice? 
  • Electrical power – if you are using power are you paying for it or is the owners corporation? Either way it would be prudent to: a) obtain an expert opinion as to the risks of using items such as power tools, fridges & freezers. b) double check the insurance coverage in the event of damage to the owners items, neighbouring persons items, and common property.

Some schemes agree a nominal cost to be charged to owners for the use of electricity in their storage cages. 

How can your scheme regulate such matters 

Having an appropriate by-law drafted or updated is a matter for a strata lawyer. Then you need to have your new or amended by-law specially resolved at general meeting. Finally, the by-law then needs to be registered.  


Ask your S+ accredited strata manager if you have more questions. 

Read more

Step 1 of 2

  • Give us a compliment

  • Your suggestion


Step 1 of 2

  • Your complaint

Translate »