Maintenance responsibilities in sectional title properties
The question of who is responsible for the maintenance of the different areas in sectional title schemes is frequently misunderstood, says Wayne Albutt, national manager of Rawson Rentals.
He says there are three types of property in sectional title schemes - sections, common property and exclusive-use areas. Sections and exclusive-use are have to be maintained by the owners or the users, whereas common property has to be maintained by the body corporate.
In almost all sectional title schemes the section includes the unit and its garage, storeroom and other similar facilities, which would usually be indicated on the sectional title plan and in the title deed.
Common property is defined as all roofing and roof space below the top roofing but not the ceilings of the units, as well as gutters, downpipes and all below-ground and basement areas. Common property also includes all outdoor areas such as gardens and parking bays, driveways, perimeter walls, gates, security systems, street lights, communal swimming pools, clubhouses, guard houses, all communal passages and staircases, and associated plumbing and electric services.
Exclusive-use areas are not common property, and their use is reserved for specific owners.
Typically, exclusive- use areas include outside patios, balconies and enclosed gardens.
As there can often be misunderstandings over maintenance responsibilities, especially when a property is let to a tenant, Albutt recommends that sectional title owners planning maintenance or upgrades should check with their bodies corporate where their responsibilities begin and end.
He offers the following advice for owners planning work to improve sectional title properties, especially if this is to be supervised by estate agents:
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Posted at 07:31AM Feb 04, 2013 by Editor in Market |