Maintenance Responsibilities – Owner or Owners Corporation?

One of the most confusing aspects of owning a lot within a Strata Scheme is understanding who is responsible for the maintenance of certain elements within the lot – an individual owner or Owners Corporation (Body Corporate)?

This debate has existed since strata schemes legislation was first incepted in 1961 and has been further confused by the way in which owners and Owners Corporations’ interpret the maintenance obligations for their strata schemes.

This confusion is further exacerbated because not every strata plan is the same and some Owners Corporations may pass specific resolutions or By-Laws changing or absolving the Owners Corporations maintenance responsibilities – see further comments under “Exceptions” below.

The following document has been compiled to assist owners in understanding their rights and responsibilities regarding maintenance within a strata scheme.