Can the strata committee insist an owner be held individually responsible for reimbursing the owners corporation for additional expenses incurred as a consequence of their actions? – John, NSW
Q: I have been advised by a contractor that access to one owner’s lot has repeatedly been restricted as the residents leave the premises without making access arrangements.
All other residents leave keys with neighbours so that tradesmen can make regular calls during ongoing balcony renovations.
The inefficiencies resulting from restricted site access are costing the contractors time & money and they have advised that continual access restrictions will incur additional costs for our owners corporation.
Can the strata committee insist that the rogue owner solely responsible for costly work delays be held individually responsible for reimbursing the owners corporation for additional expenses incurred as a direct consequence of their actions?
A: It would be best to contact the owners directly to ensure that they are in fact receiving the instructions, and that they understand their reponsibilities with contractor access.
They may have hesitations about giving access, if that is the case it will be best to reassure them and find a solution.
If they are purposely impeding renovation works then you may be able to hold the owners accountable for excess charges due to negligence on their behalf.
Talk to your strata manager to explore your rights and responsibilties.