What are the rules and obligations of strata for putting up signs in the building? If an accident occurs because of no sign or label, who’s responsibility is it? -Mariam, NSW
Q: What are the rules and obligations of strata for putting up signs in the building? If an accident occurs because of no sign or label, who’s responsibility is it?
A: The owners corporation carries the responsibility of ensuring common property, such as hallways, lobby areas, gardens and parking areas etc. are reasonably safe to the strata property’s residents and any visitors/contracted workers etc.
If you believe there are common areas in your strata property that would benefit from having signs, it may be worth bringing it up with your strata committee or strata manager to have them installed.
If an accident occurs because of a lack of safety signs, working out liability can be quite tricky. There is an onus on those accessing common property to exercise caution and avoid foreseeable or obvious hazards. The onus on the owners corporation is that they address health and safety hazards as quickly as possible.
If you have concerns regarding the health and safety of your strata property, it may be worth having a look at Community Health & Safety, who can help enhance strata safety. Find out more at Community Health & Safety.