I live in a apartment and would like to know if the owners corporation is responsible in obtaining a quotation for and to oversee the vent fan in my bathroom. – Anka, NSW

Q: I live in a apartment and would like to know if the owners corporation is responsible in obtaining a quotation for and to oversee the vent fan in my bathroom. There’s almost certainly a duct between the fan and the outlet grille that’s fitted to the external wall, and if that’s not properly connected then the moisture laden air from my bathroom will rise up the wall cavity, and very likely cause damage.

A: This would depend on a number of factors including the by-laws in place for the scheme, any notations on the registered strata plan and if the duct services just your fan/apartment. We recommend speaking with your strata manager as this will vary from property to property.