Does strata cover the costs to repair the automatic garage door mechanism? – Lyn, NSW

You should find out when this provision was installed – before or after the strata property was registered.

If this provision was installed on registration of the strata plan (and unless there is a specific by-law that transfers the responsibility to the lot owner), the repair, maintenance and replacement of the automatic garage door mechanism is the responsibility of the owners corporation and they should bear the costs.

If the door was installed by a lot owner after registration of the strata property, then it is the lot owner’s responsibility.

You may speak with your committee to clarify when the provision was installed in your strata property and who pays for the fixes.

You may find more details in our article on who pays for what in a strata property here. For further information on repair maintenance matters related to a strata property, you may visit the NSW Fair Trading website.