Segment: What is Common Property in Strata?
The responsible body for a strata scheme is called the Owners Corporation. It is made up of all the owners of lots in a property. For lot owners, anything inside their lot is considered their property. This includes internal walls, carpets, fixtures and paint. All property that is external to a lot forms a boundary of common property. This includes: • the upper surface of the floor (but not including carpet) • the under surface of the ceiling • all external or boundary walls (including doors and windows). A registered strata plan can clarify which areas are common property and define these boundaries. In some cases, where there is still uncertainty in the strata plan, it can be beneficial to create a common property memorandum. This clarifies whether the Owners Corporation is responsible for the maintenance, repair or replacement of any common property, or if it is the responsibility of the lot owner.
It is the responsibility of the Owners Corporation to have the correct measures in place to be able to repair any issues regarding common property. A minor repair might be fixed without the need for a meeting; however, the Owners Corporation will need to discuss any major repairs as costs will need to be considered.
As required by the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016, the Owners Corporation must have a Capital Works Plan. This is a 10 year plan outlining all expenses for the maintenance and repair of common property. It ensures the Owners Corporation will be able to cover all expenses in the Capital Works Fund. It is recommended that the Capital Works Plan be reviewed every 5 years. We have been relied upon by the strata industry for over 25 years to create accurate, detailed and user friendly Capital Works Plans for thousands of properties all over NSW.