This ACT lot owner wonders who pays for repairs to the stopcock. It has been answered by Jan Browne, Bridge Strata.
Question: I’m unable to turn off my individual tap to the water mains. Who is responsible for calling the plumber and paying for the repair? Surely it is the owners corporation’s responsibility.
I live in a Class B Strata unit and I can’t turn off my water mains. My individual tap is degraded and I’m unable to turn it off.
I was told that since I live in an Owners Corporations unit I had to get my Owners Corporations to fix it. However, my Owners Corporations say it is my own responsibility and I had to arrange and pay for the repair myself.
Is this correct? Surely the water mains are considered part of the building and, therefore, a strata responsibility?
Answer: If the owner means the individual stop cock and it services their unit only then it will be the responsibility of the unit owner.
If the owner means the individual stopcock and it services their unit only then it will be the responsibility of the unit owner.
Strata is responsible for the main stopcock on common property that would shut off all the units.
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This post appears in Strata News #313.
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This article is not intended to be personal advice and you should not rely on it as a substitute for any form of advice.