Recommended considerations when deciding to go ahead or postpone building works in your strata property during COVID-19
Remember, the primary role of an owners corporation or body corporate is to maintain common property. Committees should bear in mind their responsibilities when deciding whether to continue with works. Common areas must always be maintained to a standard that is safe for residents and guests.
- 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 to supplies and see labour issues. It is, therefore, worthwhile considering the possibility of delays and what impact interruptions would have.
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, talk to your strata or facilities manager.
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Note: we are not in the position to provide health advice and urge you to keep up-to-date with guidance provided by the Australian Government.