Who is responsible for carrying out the external window cleaning in a strata building? This response has been provided by Gary Phillips, StrataGP.
Question: We have recently had flyscreens on the external windows replaced by strata. We’re now wondering, is the strata also responsible for the external window cleaning?
My wife and I own an apartment in Perth CBD that is part of a Strata complex.
It is a 3 storey complex and we own the top floor.
We have recently had flyscreens on the external windows replaced by strata. We’re now wondering, is the strata responsible for external window cleaning?
We are unable to clean the external windows as they are too high and would have thought that the external window cleaning was to be carried out by strata and internal side would be our responsibility.
Am I within our rights to contact strata and request for the external window cleaning to be done?
Answer: If the complex is a 32a strata, the cost of external window cleaning would fall to the strata company
The responsibility for cleaning will depend on the type of strata, that is are the owners living in a 32a strata (in simple terms internal surface boundaries) or 32b (where the boundaries vary).
In most cases, in multi-story strata complexes, the strata is type 32a. Assuming that is the case, it would mean the windows, for example, are the property of the strata company and as such are the strata company’s responsibility to maintain, repair, replace and clean under section 35 of the Strata Titles Act 1985.
This post appears in Strata News #212.
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Please note this advice was provided prior to the proclamation of the new strata title amendments and will be updated in due course.
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