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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