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Even in houses, especially shared houses, the question of whose turn it is to do domestic chores creates angst and anger. So how bad can it be for 12 homes?
QUESTION: I live in a block of 12 flats where we have a roster to put communal garbage bins out for council collection. It works out that each apartment has “bins duty” every nine months because one resident can’t and two tenants won’t (one did until she discovered the other wouldn’t).
I went along with this, despite being a lady of a certain age and on my own, but the bins are outside in the open have become increasingly grotty and, more alarmingly, densely coated with cobwebs.
I think a cleaning program is needed – I worry about spiders up here in the North – and everyone should pitch in. Is such a bins roster enforceable and how common and costly is a bins cleaning service? – Arachnophobe, Hornsby
ANSWER: Firstly, the Owners Corporation has a basic responsibility to keep common property clean and tidy and you may even have a by-law related to the bins But I doubt if you can force an individual to take their turn on the roster.
I would think a local odd-job person, or even a resident, would gladly put your bins out and clean them for, say, $20 a week. That would be paid from levies which would mean even the landlord of the slacker tenants would be contributing. Problem solved.
UPDATE 1: Since we wrote about the resident who is suffering from cancer and is plagued by smoke from his downstairs neighbour, David Bannerman of Bannerman Lawyers has offered to take on his case pro bono. Onya David. We’ll keep you posted on that.
UPDATE 2: Last week, when I wrote about late levies payers being banned from facilities in American strata schemes, I kind of implied that might happen here. A couple of lawyers have written to me to tell me it probably can’t. Shame … but what can you do?
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