The body corporate repairs and maintains the common property.

The body corporate maintains:

  • The common property
  • assets owned by the body corporate
  • assets used in connection with the common property
  • parts of the building that serve more than one unit.

The body corporate can access units to carry out repairs and maintenance. They can access at any time as long as it’s at reasonable hours.

Paying for maintenance and repairs
Owners share the cost of maintaining the common property. They do this through their levies.

Some unit owners may need to pay more if the work:

  • is because an owner or tenant was negligent or caused the damage
  • benefits some owners more than others
  • is on building elements or infrastructure contained in a unit.

Unit maintenance

The unit owner maintains the inside of their unit. They may also have to look after the exterior, especially if the units are detached.

Any work you do must not damage the common property, the building, or other units.

An owner can make improvements to their unit, as long as they:

  • are within the unit boundary
  • don’t affect the common areas or other units
  • follow body corporate rules.

Sometimes work you want to do may affect other units or common property. In this case, you must get written consent from the affected owners and/or the body corporate.

Long term maintenance plan

The body corporate must have a long-term maintenance plan. The plan will cover at least 10 years and is funded by the long-term maintenance fund.

The plan:

  • estimates the cost of future maintenance
  • supports the long-term maintenance fund
  • informs the levy amount.

There is specific information that must be included. This is set out in Regulation 30  of the Unit Title Regulations 2011.

You can request a copy of the plan from the chair. You can be charged for any reasonable costs incurred in providing this.

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