Repairs and Maintenance
In multi-story buildings the guttering is usually common property and therefore must be cleaned and repaired by the Corporation. But this is not always the case in low rise buildings. Please contact your Corporation manager to ascertain which circumstance applies in your specific case.
In multi-story buildings the roof is usually common property, so roof leaks will be the responsibility of the Corporation. However, this is not always the case in low-rise buildings or where there are terraces on the roof. Please contact your Corporation manager to ascertain which circumstance applies in your specific case.
Installing solar panels involve adding things to the building and so almost always needs prior approval. In most cases, the required approval cannot be given by the Corporation Manager or the Committee and will require a special resolution at a general meeting so all eligible voters can vote on the issue. It is important to note that all costs associated with specific meetings convened to deal with these types of issues will be at the applicant’s cost.
In a Corporation building all owners share the costs of common property and shared expenses. So, sometimes one or more owners will be paying for work that does not directly benefit them (like ground floor owners paying for roof repairs or lift maintenance, or upper floor owners paying for gardening of ground floor areas).
Even if the fence is your property, the Corporation may need to give approval to changes as it affects the appearance and uniformity of the complex. Often the rules about appearance issues are in the strata rules, by-laws or articles so ensure you check them before proceeding with any works.