When it comes to community living, the body corporate is usually responsible for maintenance of common property, while the lot owner usually has the responsibility of maintaining his or her lot. While this seems simple enough, issues often arise due to the complicated nature of the division of property and responsibility.
In this article, we explain what lot owners and bodies corporate are responsibly for paying for when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
To truly understand who is responsible for what, it’s important to first know what subdivision survey plan your property falls under. Your subdivision survey plan will lay out the boundaries between common property and lots. In Queensland, there are two types of subdivision survey plans:
A body corporate’s repairs and maintenance responsibilities vary slightly, depending on the property’s format plan.
A building format plan’s body corporate is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the following:
A standard format plan’s body corporate, on the other hand, is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the following:
Similar to body corporate responsibilities, each lot owners repairs and maintenance responsibilities also vary slightly with each type of format plan.
Lot owners in building format plan properties are responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the following:
Lot owners in standard format plan properties are responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the following:
If the buildings in a standard format plan property have common walls, the owners sharing a common wall are jointly responsible for any maintenance issues relating to it. The body corporate has no maintenance responsibility because there is no common property involved.
The pipes, ducts, cables, wires, sewers, drains, plant and equipment, that supply utilities such as water, electricity, telecommunications, drainage, and sewers, are the responsibility of the body corporate if these are located on common property or it services more than one lot.
If the utility infrastructure is not part of common property, the lot owner is generally responsible for repairs and maintenance.
For example, a lot owner is responsible for the body corporate repairs and maintenance of pipes and wires connected to the air conditioning that services his or her individual lot. If the air conditioning system was part of a centralised system, that serviced multiple lots, the body corporate would be responsible.
Body corporate is usually responsible for the repairs and maintenance of common property areas and their inclusions, while lot owners are obligated to maintain their own lot and the facilities within its boundaries. However, the rules may vary depending on the format plan your property under. This is why it’s important to keep an open line of communication with your body corporate manager and committee prior to beginning repairs and maintenance projects.
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