Body Corporate Maintenance – Who Does What?

Body Corporate Maintenance Responsibilities

Confused over whether something is your responsibility as a lot owner, or if it is a Body Corporate maintenance responsibility?
We get questions regarding responsibilities from our clients regularly – so I thought I’d share here how it’s worked out and what to do next.

The simple answer

In general terms – as a lot owner – you are responsible for maintaining your “lot”; and the Body Corporate is responsible maintaining the common property of the scheme.

The longer answer

But in reality, it can be a little tricker than that.

In Queensland there are two types of subdivision survey plans, and there are differences between the two which affect “boundary” definitions of common property and the lots within a scheme – and who is responsible for what.

The clarification of responsibilities really depends on which particular subdivision survey plan your community titles scheme has been registered under – Building Format Plan (BFP) or Standard Format Plan (SFP). That is the first thing you will need to check out with your body corporate manager or committee.

Building Format Plan (BFP)

Under the BFP - the Body Corporate is typically responsible for maintaining the following:

  • Utility infrastructure on the exterior of the lot (common property)
  • Exterior doors and windows and the external portion of the balcony balustrade
  • Building foundations and supporting framework
  • The roofing structure (and membranes) which is considered the boundary between the lot and common property
  • The common property lawns and gardens
  • Exterior painting of the entire scheme/building
  • Garage doors and fittings and exclusive use basement carparks (the individual car space still must be maintained by the individual lot owner)

The lot owner is typically responsible for maintaining the following:

  • Doors and windows which lead onto a balcony area as this forms part of the lot
  • Any fixture or fitting that is not original to the scheme and has been installed by the lot owner (or previous lot owner) for their benefit only
  • Dishwashers, sinks, garbage disposal units, shower screens and trays
  • Some elements of the utility infrastructure – such as hot water systems and associated pipework and wiring, air conditioning systems, cold water pipes and cables that are located within an internal wall within the lot

Standard Format Plan (SFP)

In the SFP - the Body Corporate is typically responsible for maintaining the following:

  • The common property roads, gardens and lawns
  • Some elements of the utility infrastructure located on common property (boundary of the yard)

The lot owner is typically responsible for maintaining the following:

  • The garage attached to the lot
  • The roofing structure. If the roof is shared with another lot owner, then each owner shares any associated maintenance costs and responsibility
  • Balconies
  • Exterior doors, windows and supporting framework/foundations
  • Guttering – unless guttering is shared with another lot
  • External maintenance and painting – Note that the Body Corporate may provide direction on paint colour choices etc
  • All gardens and lawns located within the boundary of the lot
  • Water pipework and cabling, located within the boundary that service the one lot only

Still not sure?

If you still have questions around your responsibilities and body corporate maintenance responsibilities, the best thing to do is to contact your body corporate manager or body corporate committee for clarification on which format plan is relevant to your scheme.

Tammy Lynch

Tammy Lynch

Growing up I always dreamed of travelling overseas and seeing the world, and what started as a 12-month journey turned into 14 years! Settled back into Australia now, and relishing the challenges of Body Corporate Management.

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