Forum: Is it a flat roof or a terrace floor?


Young woman in rain on terrace, hoping it's not leaking

Now, we’re going to need you to use your imagination for a minute here. You have a rooftop apartment – a penthouse, if you like – and it has a terrace.

The building is quite old and, inevitably, the membrane on the roof is starting to break up and leaks are starting to appear.

Obviously, the membrane on the roof needs to be fixed at owners corporation expense. But what about the terrace?

The owners corp says it’s the lot owner’s problem.  The lot owner says it’s their terrace but it’s also the downstairs neighbour’s roof and the owners corp – all the owners collectively – should pay. 

Who’s right?  Have a look HERE.

Elsewhere on the Forum

  • This usually goes the other way but an owner wants to convert her storage cage to a parking space.  Can she? That’s HERE.
  • Airbnb rentals are proven beyond doubt to drive up rents and push out residential tenants.  One Flatchatter has an ingenious way to make it a more level playing field between residents and tourists.  That’s HERE.
  • Committee members are expected to act “in good faith” but what does that term actually mean? That’s HERE.
  • Telcos are forcing their equipment into unwilling strata blocks.  The legislation says you can’t stop them but you can slow them down.  That’s HERE.
  • The question of an owner taking on their strata committee but avoiding costs took a new twist with a WA judge referring to a strata case as “the folly of litigation”.  That’s HERE.
  • Unlicensed tradie fails to complete work – another episode in the “how do we sack our strata manager” saga. that’s HERE.

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