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I am a lot owner and am also on the strata committee. Our old block of 12 units has four top units with lathe and plaster ceilings below the roof. All other ceilings are concrete. From everything we’ve read (including the “Who’s Responsible”guide) it appears that the OC is responsible for repairing the plaster ceilings on the top floor. It also appears that owners should do their own painting. An independent consultant engaged by the owners took photos which show the ceilings in question to be covered in cracked and peeling paint and little or no maintenance having been done for years (the unit has been tenanted since purchase).
The committee accepts that it is the responsibility of the OC to repair the ceiling (in this case it is replastering) but we are putting the case that the owner should do or pay for the painting. We are being told that because we are repairing the ceiling we also should pay for the painting as the repair is damaging the existing paintwork. The committee says the existing paintwork is already damaged and it seems illogical to say it can be damaged further. Every other owner has to do or pay for the painting of their own ceiling unless it is an issue that has been caused by something for which the OC is responsible, e.g. water ingress from roof or other.
A few years ago in a similar situation the OC paid for repairs and the owner paid for painting. Now there seems to be a turnabout. We just want to be fair to everyone about this. In the circumstances outlined here can the OC also be held responsible for the painting of this ceiling?
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