We recently received the following question from a lot owner about time to comply with a defect notice for a fire door replacement due. Peter Berney, Solutions in Engineering has provided the following response.
Question: My apartment was listed as “critical” for a fire door replacement. Strata will cover the costs, but I am wondering how long the body corporate has to comply with the order.
My building recently had all our entrance fire doors inspected and it was determined that my apartment entrance fire door was not actually a fire door.
It was listed as “critical” for a fire door replacement. Strata will cover the costs, but I am wondering how long the body corporate has to comply with the order for the fire door replacement.
At present the earliest they can fix the issue is a few week’s time. I am concerned as I’m not sure where we stand with regards to insurance etc until the work has been carried out.
Answer: If it’s critical they have 30 days, if it’s not critical then before the next inspection.
Time limit to repair would depend on a couple of things for example is it because of a fire contractors defect notice? If it’s critical they have 30 days, if it’s not critical then before the next inspection.
Qld Fire doors for residential under MP6.1 is every 12 months.
This situation would fall into the 30 days category mentioned above. As there needs to be a work order to replace the door, I doubt insurance would be affected if something were to occur before the door is replaced. This would be because the Body corporate committee is carrying out the work as fast as reasonable practicable.
This post appears in Strata News #186.
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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.