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We live in a small 15-year-old complex of fewer than 12 units including a duplex at the front of the site with underground garages. Only the duplex has underground parking garages.
The garage of one duplex unit has evidence of damp staining and efflorescence on the Bessel block wall. There is no evidence of any liquid penetration but there is enough moisture to cause staining.
Regardless of the reason for the problem, it is not practical to gain access to the outside of the wall which is under paved concrete and gardens.
Apparently water proofing procedures can be applied to the internal wall of the garage, and the question is, should the cost of this treatment be borne by the Lot owner or the owners corporation.
The chairman of the strata committee is of the opinion that the waterproofing treatment equates to painting, and as it is an internal wall, the cost should be borne by the Lot owner. The Lot owner not only believes the water penetration is underground seepage, beyond the control of the owner, but also is the responsibility of the Owners Corporation, as indicated in the examples in the Strata Living Information on the Dept of Fair Trading’s website.
Can anyone offer an opinion? Thank you.
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