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Ziggy
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When my apartment block was built, the developers/builders decided to cover sections of the rooftop area with pebbles although I’m not sure why. This section has always been disputed; who owns it, the lot owner or is it common property?

A few years ago, the membrane under the pebbles was repainted and the dirty pebbles returned. This was all paid for by capital works ie the the sinking fund. Now the areas around and under the pebbles is full of dirt, weeds and other city rubbish. The drains are blocked with pebbles and the rooftops fill with water when it rains.

So, who owns the pebbles and who is responsible for either removing them and/or cleaning away the weeds and rubbish? 

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Unless the roof forms part of a lot (unlikely), the pebbles and related items are the OC’s responsibility.

Put another way – who else would be responsible for them?

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FYI, the pebbles are a very effective form of temperature control for people  living in the top apartments where the roof is effectively their ceiling.  Remove the pebbles and sit back and wait for demands that you do something about the heat. 

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Thanks Scottie and Jimmy… that’s an interesting question about who owns the roof where the pebbles lie. It is an area that has been fenced off from owners; again, who knows why. The inner fencing in an illegal height and there is absolutely no fencing on the outer edge of the property, six floors above the ground below.

Funnily enough, the roof is my bedroom ceiling, so I wouldn’t complain to the owner!

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JT is correct – pebbles are usually there to act as heat barriers, but can also be there to protect waterproofing materials.

We have a couple of similar areas in our 4 building scheme and yearly ‘maintenance’ ensures area is kept clean and functional.

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Ziggy – if the works to the roof were paid for with OC money, it is pretty safe to assume the roof (including the pebbles) is common property.

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