3. Prioritise your strata community’s health and safety when deciding to go ahead with or postpone building works
Remember, the primary role of an owners corporation or body corporate is to maintain common property. Your strata committee should bear in mind their responsibilities when managing contractors onsite your strata property during COVID-19, and deciding whether to continue with works. Common areas must always be maintained to a standard that is safe for residents and guests.
Keep the following in mind when making your final decision:
- If you have upgrades scheduled that are not vital to the safety of the building or require an increase in levies or special levies to be raised, consider postponing these works if there is a concern for owner’s cash flow issues, jobs and poor health
- In NSW, under Section 80 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, an owners corporation, so far as practical, must implement their capital works plan. This should be a consideration when deciding whether to postpone or continue with works
- Remember that because of COVID-19, the construction industry may see shortages of supplies and see labour issues. It is, therefore, worthwhile considering the possibility of delays and what impact interruptions would have
- You must follow all state and federal health orders. If your state restricts or prohibits building works, you must abide by this.
COVID-19 is proving we need to come together as a community to look after each other and look after our properties. If you have concerns about how your property should move forward with works, please speak to your strata or facilities manager.
Note: We are not in a position to provide health advice and encourage you to keep up-to-date with guidance provided by the Australian Government.