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I own in a block built 1965. There was a major leak from the bathroom above ours in September 2016.Strata insurers came in and discovered spalling in the slab overhead and repairs in my unit took until early 2019 to complete as moisture levels in the concrete above kept fluctuating.
Mine is a self-managed investment unit and I ended up paying a building company to act as my agent so to speak by providing the requested frequent access to the property and agreeing conduct of works within my Lot with Strata’s engineers, builders, insurers, tradesmen etc. The cost of repairs was shared by the Owners Corporation and their insurers.
The Owners Corporation told me that the owners of the unit above had in 2012 removed a wall and the original bathroom, both of which are common property. My tenant had to vacate the property and I was covered for some rental loss. My new kitchen was removed and they damaged and replaced some items…but I was never compensated for any of the fees I paid for my representative building company.
Do you think I can legitimately seek reimbursement from the Owners Corp for those costs? If I didn’t use this company then I would’ve been taking several weeks off work over almost 3 years. Only reason I’m asking now is that we were flooded yet again in December 2020 by the same bathroom above.
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