The installation of CCTV in an apartment building owned by an owners corporation can be a sensitive issue. The answer to whether you can install CCTV without permission from the owners corporation can depend on a number of factors, including the location of the CCTV cameras, the rules of the owners corporation, and the privacy rights of other residents.
In general, owners and residents are prohibited from altering the common property therefore no CCTV can be installed in the common areas or structure that is considered common under the Plan of Subdivision. If a resident is considering the installation of CCTV in private areas but in a spot where it would capture footage of other private areas or the common areas they should seek approval from the owners corporation first to ensure that the cameras are installed in a way that respects the privacy rights of other residents and complies with any relevant laws or regulations.
If you do choose to install CCTV without permission from the owners corporation, you could be in breach of the rules, and may face legal action as a result. Additionally, if the cameras capture images of other residents, they may have grounds to lodge a complaint or take legal action for breach of privacy.
It's important to note that while CCTV can be an effective way to improve security and deter crime, it should be used responsibly and with consideration for the privacy rights of others. If you're considering installing CCTV in an apartment building owned by an owners corporation, you should seek advice from the owners corporation manager or legal professional first to ensure that you comply with any relevant laws and regulations, as well as the rules of the owners corporation.