Plumbing responsibilities of the body corporate

Body corporate Plumbing

Why plumbing in strata causes problems

Units and apartments in a body corporate scheme usually don’t come with separate plumbing systems; a fact which can often cause problems. In most cases, one large plumbing system services all the units in a building. While this makes good practical sense, where it can get complicated is when it comes to understanding who is responsible for repairs. This is because some parts of the plumbing systems are the sole responsibility of individual owners, while other parts are shared by everyone in the scheme.

Determining responsibility for plumbing repairs

In theory it’s quite simple — the body corporate is responsible for maintaining and repairing any facilities on common property, while individual owners are responsible for maintaining and repairing the interior of their own lot. So, the body corporate will be responsible for repairing those parts of the plumbing system that run through common property, while individual owners will be responsible for those parts of the plumbing system located on private property or which service a single unit.

Determining what is common property and what is individual property

What’s common property and what isn’t will depend on the plan of subdivision that your building is registered under. There are two types of plans:

Plumbing responsibilities of the body corporate

Please keep in mind that the following general scenarios are a guide only, and each individual situation should be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Assigning responsibility for plumbing repairs is not always clear-cut, as there are many unique situations in strata when it comes to issues with water.

Water leaks

Water leaks where the problem originated on common property are usually the responsibility of the body corporate to repair. This may include:

Burst pipes

Burst pipes which run underneath the floor are generally the responsibility of the body corporate to repair, although this does depend on the location and function of the pipes, and there are always exceptions to this rule.

Blocked drains

Responsibility for blocked drains that either serve multiple units or are located on common property (such as those that run underneath floors) is usually the jurisdiction of the body corporate.

Blocked sewers

No matter where in the sewer the blockage occurs, it is always the responsibility of the body corporate to repair.

Hot water systems

The body corporate is usually only responsible for repairing hot water systems that service more than one lot, regardless of where they are located.

Storm damage

Storm damage repairs not covered by insurance will sometimes be covered by the body corporate.

Mould and general water damage

The body corporate is generally responsible for dealing with mould and mildew that develops inside your unit as a result of a water incident if it is located on the:

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