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Our 16-year-old Sydney apartment is unrentable and unsaleable due to rainwater leaks through the ceiling. The leaks originate from a failed waterproof membrane underneath the tiles of the balcony of the apartment above ours. These leaks were reported to the Committee six months ago, but they have dithered and procrastinated, calling for quotes to fix the problem. When a contractor’s quote comes in (circa $50k) they call for more quotes and more inspections (<i>eight</i> so far.) The Corporation’s finances are in good shape, it’s just that they cannot bear to spend the money.
An associate of one of the Committee members has told me in confidence that rainwater leaks are rife in the building, but have been handled by employing a contractor to squirt Silastic around the place and channel leaking water off to somewhere else instead of fixing the root cause – failed membranes.
Now the Committee proposes to Silastic one area of the tiles to see if that stops our leaks. If that doesn’t work, they will Silastic a bit more, etc. etc. This approach will not be guaranteed by the contractor to fix the leak permanently.
My wife’s asthma is out of control from the mould that has invaded our apartment, to the extent that calling an ambulance will soon be required. I may point out that none of the Committee’s apartments are affected by leaks.
The Strata Manager is supportive, but says the Committee will not listen. The chap who owns the apartment above ours has been an absolute champion about it all, and is willing to put up with dust and noise if the problem is fixed permanently.
Now, I could go to the Tribunal. The Committee will argue that their approach is fiscally prudent, wise, has worked before, is in the best interests of all, blah blah blah. And who knows? The Tribunal might buy it! Then we would be stymied.
Can anyone suggest a means of getting the Committee to fix the problem <i>properly</i>? I have sent many emails to the members about this – they rarely reply.
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