A Paddocks Sectional Title Lifestyle Blog
by Jennifer Paddock
A major area of conflict in sectional title is the answer to the question: “who pays??”
Who is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of a specific area depends on the nature of the property.
How do I find out what the nature of an area is?
You need to look at the scheme’s sectional plan (the trustees and managing agent should have a copy, or you can try our bank of free online sectional plans or you can get a copy from your local Deeds Registry). The sectional plan will show what areas are sections, the common property and any registered exclusive use areas.
You need to look at the scheme’s rules (the trustees or managing agent should have a copy, or you can get a copy from your local Deeds Registry). Rule-based exclusive use areas will be detailed in the rules of the scheme and there should be a sketch plan showing the exact location of these areas and what sections they are allocated to.
By checking the rules you will also see if there are any special rules regarding repairs and maintenance applicable to your scheme.
Have you battled with who is responsible for repairs and maintenance in your scheme? Share your story with us in the comments below!