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We have an issue and not sure what we can do to resolve?   The upstairs neighbor uses hose as broom and daily, sometimes more than once a day a deluge of water spills/pours/floods over her balcony and pours down our glass windows & all over our balcony, with table, chairs & bbq drenched.  She uses hose as broom on drive way in same way and the street path and top of the dividing wall over to our path, it is driving us to despair, we have asked her politely on many occasion to not do this and she swears a bit, ignores us and continuous hosing.  Any thoughts?  (other than moving, which is not an option at the moment).

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I thought we all stopped wasting water like this decades ago! 

Is yours one of those apartment blocks where the OC pays one water bill for everyone? If so, perhaps start a conversation about moving to individual metering. When our OC did that many years ago, we had the advantage that meters were already in place. Having data that highlighted that a very few residents were using grossly more than everyone else helped to pursuade owners to move to individual billing. 

Is there someone upstairs of this woman? Perhaps they can be persuaded to provide a deluge on a regular basis!

If you are not a committee member, could the committee make the request in writing through the managing agent? I expect the letter could refer to imposing an unreasonable cost on the owners corporation through excessive water use. The letter could also refer to bylaws about not interfering with reasonable use and enjoyment of another's unit. Having one's balcony flooded would seem to fit the bill. 

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I agree with SH.

You could also write to the SM and Committee and claim that the upstairs neighbour is causing a "nuisance". Residents must not use their lot in such a way as to cause a nuisance or hazard to another resident. Clearly the watering is causing a nuisance.

See, beginning on page 38, "If Things Go Wrong" 

http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov...../ft045.pdf

You could also suggest to the Committee that a Motion be put on the Agenda of the next General Meeting that a By-Law be created that outlines the reasonable hours and days when washing of balconies is permitted. Or you could summit such a Motion yourself.

At least that way you could prepare yourself for the deluge and not be surprised by it.

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