From the Forum: Who pays when running repairs are left to rot?


Everybody knows that the owners corporation (body corporate) has to pay to repair and maintain common property (if you didn’t, you do now.) Oh, and by the way, YOU are the owners corp.

But did you know that you probably have a by-law that says owners have to look after – as in, not damage – the common property that’s inside their own apartment?

This week we hear a plaintive cry for an owner who has spent a fortune doing up her flat, only to find the owner of another lot needs repairs to their windows that would have cost a lot less if they’d been fixed when the problem first appeared three years ago, rather than being allowed to deteriorate.

Now, the question is, has the negligent owner contributed to the state of repair of the windows?

And if so, can they be obliged to pay more than their usual share of the levies to have them fixed? That’s HERE.

Elsewhere on the Forum:

  • The strata manager admits the Owners Corp might be responsible for damp, but not for mould.  That’s HERE.
  • The strata manager lost the plot at the AGM, not knowing who was eligible to vote and who wasn’t. What can owners do to put it right?  That’s HERE.
  • And on the subject of AGMs, can an owner be prevented from being elected when there have been complaints about their behaviour. That’s HERE.
  • New owners in a four-unit self-managed block are demanding that the AGM be delayed so they can view the previous minutes, accounts and communications. Can they do that.  That’s HERE.
  • What can you do about an elderly neighbour who is becoming abusive and even violent as she descends into dementia.  That’s HERE.

As ever, by the time you read this, there will be a lot more on the Flat Chat Forum

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