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The Northern Beaches Strata Specialists.
Responsibilities of the ‘owners’ or ‘owners corporation’ ?

Generally speaking, in most strata schemes, particularly on the Northern Beaches, the lot owner owns the airspace and everything in it within the boundary of the unit. They don’t own the main structure of the building.

The owners corporation is responsible for the repair and maintenance of common property.

This publication provides a list of items found within a building that could generally be considered common property. However, depending on the history of the building, renovations and by-laws, determining what is and isn’t common property is a complex matter. In most cases you will need to refer to the strata plan and by-laws to determine who is responsible for repairs and maintenance.

The owners corporation must look after common property and do all repairs, unless it decides by special resolution that it is inappropriate for a particular item and its decision will not affect the safety or appearance of the strata scheme. This includes replacing and renewing common property when needed.

The owners corporation can decide at a general meeting to allow a lot owner to add, alter or erect a new structure that improves or enhances common property. If the ongoing maintenance for any alteration, addition or erection is to be the responsibility of a lot owner, a by-law must be created. Otherwise the owners corporation becomes responsible

We would be pleased to discuss your questions or call your Strata Manager or Managing agent and ask them.

A general guide to who is responsible – this is to be used as a guide only.

Bathroom Bathroom Cabinet and/or mirror – Owner

Bathroom Blocked floor drain – Owners Corporation

Bathroom Burst pipe general – Owner/Owners Corporation

Bathroom Cracked bath/handbasin – Owner

Bathroom Dripping “S” bend under sink – Owner

Bathroom Ducting covering stack – Owners Corporation

Bathroom Exhaust fans – Owner/Owners Corporation

Bathroom hot water service – exclusive to a lot – Owner/Owners Corporation

Bathroom Leaking pipes under sink – Owner

Bathroom Main stop cock to unit – Owners Corporation

Plumbing Blocked floor drain – Owners Corporation

Plumbing Blocked sewer – Owners Corporation

Plumbing Damage to unit after water leak – Owner/Owners Corporation

Plumbing Plug and waste in bath – Owner

Plumbing Water leaking from shower – Owner/Owners Corporation

Plumbing Water leaking from shower taps – Owner

Plumbing Water leaking through tiles – Owner /Owners Corporation

Windows Seal to window – Owner/Owner Corporation

Bathroom Shower Screen repairs – Owner

Bathroom Toilet bowl – Owner

Bathroom Toilet Cistern – Owner

Bathroom Water leaking from bath – Owner

Bathroom Water leaking from shower – Owner/Owners Corporation

Bathroom water leaking from shower taps – Owner

Kitchen Burst pipe general – Owner/Ownwers Corporation

Kitchen Dishwasher – Owner

Kitchen Dripping “S” bend under sink – Owner

Kitchen Ducting covering stack – Owners Corporation

Kitchen Exhaust fans – Owner / Owners Corporation

Kitchen Floor and wall tiles – Owner / Owners Corporation

Kitchen Insinkerators – Owner

Kitchen Kitchen cupboards – Owner

Kitchen Leaking pipes under sink – Owner

Kitchen Stoves – gas – Owner

Water leaking through tiles – Ownwer/Owners Corporation

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