Strata – Who’s Responsible?

When you own property that is strata managed, it is important to know exactly what you and the Owners Corporation are responsible for when it comes to repairing and maintaining your property. Strata Community Australia have put together a guide to help narrow it down – but remember, if in doubt, it is always best to ask your strata manager as they can provide information that is specific to your strata lot and scheme. If you have any questions, get in touch now!

Balcony

Door flyscreens/Security door Owner/Owners Corporation
Door, window & wall Owner/Owners Corporation
Painting of Balcony Ceiling Owner/Owners Corporation
Clothesline Owner
Columns Owners Corporation
Railings Owner/Owners Corporation
Awnings Owner/Owners Corporation
Tiles Owner/Owners Corporation
Water leaking through wall or floor Owner/Owners Corporation

Bathroom

Bathroom Cabinet and/or mirror Owner
Blocked floor drain Owners Corporation
Burst pipe general Owner/Owners Corporation
Cracked bath/handbasin Owner
Dripping “S” bend under sink Owner
Ducting covering stack Owner/Owners Corporation
Exhaust fans Owner/Owners Corporation
Hot water service – exclusive to a lot Owner/Owners Corporation
Leaking pipes under sink Owner
Main stop cock to unit Owners Corporation
Plug and waste in bath Owner
Shower Screen repairs Owner
Toilet bowl Owner
Toilet Cistern Owner
Water leaking from bath Owner
Water leaking from shower Owner/Owners Corporation
Water leaking from shower taps Owner
Water leaking through tiles Owner/Owners Corporation

Ceilings/Roof

Ceiling cornices Owner/Owners Corporation
Exhaust fans Owner/Owners Corporation
False ceilings Owner/Owners Corporation
Membranes Owner/Owners Corporation
Paintwork Owner
Plastered Ceilings Owners Corporation
TV aerial Owner/Owners Corporation
Vermiculite Ceilings Owners Corporation

Courtyard

Fencing Owner/Owners Corporation
Pavers Owner/Owners Corporation
Clothesline Owner
Guttering on townhouse Owners Corporation
Tree trimming/removal Owner/Owners Corporation
Deck, pergola or steps Owner/Owners Corporation

Electrical

Air conditioning systems Owner/Owners Corporation
Electric Garage Door Opener Owner/Owners Corporation
Exhaust fans Owners Corporation
Fuses Owner/Owners Corporation
Hot water service – exclusive to a lot Owner/Owners Corporation
Hot water services – communal Owners Corporation
Insinkerators Owner
Intercom handset Owners Corporation
Intercom wiring Owner/Owners Corporation
Lift and Lift Operating Systems Owners Corporation
Light and power wiring Owner/Owners Corporation
Light fittings Owner/Owners Corporation
Light switches Owner
Power point socket Owner/Owners Corporation
Smoke detectors Owner Corporation
Stoves Owner
Telephone (additional wiring required) Owner
Telephone sockets Owner
Telephone wiring Owner/Owners Corporation
TV (Pay TV wiring required) Owner
TV aerial Owners Corporation
TV cabling Owner/Owners Corporation
TV socket Owner/Owners Corporation

Entrance Doors

Door locks Owner/Owners Corporation
Entrance door automatic closer Owners Corporation
Entrance door to lot Owners Corporation
Keys, Security cards etc. Owner
Security door repair Owner/Owners Corporation

Floors

Blocked floor drain Owners Corporation
Floor and wall tiles Owner/Owners Corporation
Mezzanines within lots Owner/Owners Corporation
Floorboards/Parquetry flooring Owner/Owners Corporation
Internal Carpet Owner
Skirting boards and architraves Owner/Owners Corporation
Lino/vinyl/cork tiles Owner
Linoleum Owner
Magnasite Floor Base Owners Corporation
Pavers Owner/Owners Corporation

General

Built-in wardrobes/cupboards Owner
Carpets Owner
Clothesline on Common Property Owners Corporation
Cracks in Walls Owner/Owners Corporation
Damage to common property by tenant Owners Corporation
Ducting covering stack Owner/Owners Corporation
Floorboards/Parquetry flooring Owner/Owners Corporation
Internal Doors/Walls Owner
Internal Paintwork Owner
Keys, Security cards etc Owner
Letterboxes Owner/Owners Corporation
Lift and lift operating systems Owners Corporation
Pipes within a lot servicing only that lot Owner
Stairs in Lot Owner/Owners Corporation
Skirting boards and architraves Owner/Owners Corporation

Kitchen

Burst pipe general Owner/Owners Corporation
Dishwasher Owner
Dripping “S” bend under sink Owner
Ducting covering stack Owner/Owners Corporation
Exhaust fans Owner/Owners Corporation
Floor and wall tiles Owner/Owners Corporation
Hot water service – exclusive to a lot Owner/Owners Corporation
Insinkerators Owner
Kitchen cupboards Owner
Leaking pipes under sink Owner
Lino/vinyl/cork tiles Owner
Linoleum Owner
Main stop cock to unit Owner/Owners Corporation
Stoves Owner
Washing Machine Owner
Water Filtration Systems Owner

Parking

Carports Owners Corporation
Door controller button Owner
Door hinge mechanism Owners Corporation
Electric Garage Door Opener Owner/Owners Corporation
Garage door lock Owners Corporation
Garage Doors Owners Corporation
Garage Door auto opening mechanism Owner/Owners Corporation
Garage Door auto remotes Owner
Light fittings Owner/Owners Corporation
Line marking Owners Corporation
Mesh between garages Owner/Owners Corporation
Water ingress into garage Owner/Owners Corporation

Plumbing

Blocked floor drain Owners Corporation
Blocked sewer Owners Corporation
Burst pipe general Owner/Owners Corporation
Damage to unit after water leak Owner/Owners Corporation
Dampness in a unit Owner/Owners Corporation
Dripping “S” bend under sink Owner
Laundry Tub Owner
Leaking pipes under sink Owner
Guttering on townhouse Owners Corporation
Main stop cock to unit Owners Corporation
Plug and waste in bath Owner
Storm water and On-Site Detention systems (OSD) below ground without DA Condition Owners Corporation
Toilet bowl Owner
Toilet Cistern Owner
Water ingress into garage Owner/Owners Corporation
Water leaking from bath Owner
Water leaking from shower Owner/Owners Corporation
Water leaking from shower taps and shower head Owner
Taps and Associated Hardware Owner
Water leaking through tiles Owner/Owners Corporation

Windows

Cleaning outside Owner/Owners Corporation
Flyscreens Owner/Owners Corporation
Locks, Window Safety Devices Owner/Owners Corporation
Repairs Owner/Owners Corporation
Sash cord replacement Owner/Owners Corporation
Seal to window Owner/Owners Corporation

If you’d like further information, the full publication can be found here under “Whos-Responsible-SCA-NSW”

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