This article discussing painting to the exterior of the building and improvements to common areas in WA has been provided by Andrew Chambers, Chambers Franklyn Strata Management.
Question: Our strata manager says the painting of the exterior of our building is the lot owners. Is this right?
I live in a complex of 12 villas. Who’s responsibility is it to pay for the outside painting e.g. gutters, downpipes and the outside of the building? We have been told by the Strata Manager it is our responsibility.
If this is our responsibility, how do we keep with the appearance of the lot? The Strata Manager has told us we must use the same colour scheme but no one knows what colour paint was used back in 2007 when the building was built. What can we do?
Answer: If the strata plans shows the boundaries to be the external surfaces then the responsibility of maintenance and repair would fall to the lot owners.
The responsibility of maintenance to the external areas would depend on the lot boundaries. You would need to check the strata plans to ascertain these.
If the strata plans shows the boundaries to be the external surfaces then the responsibility of maintenance and repair would fall to the lot owners. If the boundaries are to the internal surface of the lots, then the strata company would be responsible for the maintenance of the areas as they would be common property.
A professional painter should be able to match the colour of the paint.
This post appears in Strata News #371.
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