Forum: Who pays for gate crasher’s damage?


There are some issues that bring out the bush lawyer in all of us. Take the sub-tenant who accidentally drove into his block’s garage gate, doing $4000 worth of damage.

The strata committee says, you broke it, you pay for it.

The tenant’s insurers say his third-party insurance doesn’t cover things that he owns or rents, and since he’s on the lease, hard cheese.

The tenant says the gate was faulty, as it didn’t have the 60 second delay it should have had before it started rolling down.

Also it didn’t have reflective strips where they should have been.

He reckons the strata scheme should claim on their building insurance becasue it’s partly their fault. And at least one Flatchatter thinks he must have really crap insurance for it to be so restrictive.

If you want to play Rumpole of the Strata, the whole story is HERE.

Elsewhere on the Forum.

  • Could NCAT overturn a refusal to strike a special levy for essential repairs?  That’s HERE.
  • Some residents want a secure key system for the garage gate, others want a simple but less secure button. And the button pushers may have the law on their side. HERE’s why.
  • A scary neighbour is parking his truck on my yard in front of my window and says he pays the rental agent to allow him to do so.  That’s HERE.
  • Building managers only let their own cleaners use the locked-off laundry chutes. Wait a minute! LAUNDRY chutes?  That’s HERE.
  • There’s spalling (concrete cancer) on our balcony which is lot property.  Is there any way that can be the strata scheme’s responsibility to repair?  That’s HERE.
  • And there’s the issue of aged residents who are a potential danger to themselves and their neighbours. That’s HERE.

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One Reply to “Forum: Who pays for gate crasher’s damage?”

  1. Jimmy-T says:

    If you want to start a discussion or ask a question about this, log into the Flat Chat Forum (using the link above). More people will read it there and you can more easily keep track of responses.

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