The connection to the building TV antenna is an old ribbon cable connection, which went out of date about 30 years ago. I’ve been advised it needs to be replaced. Who is responsible for payment of this? – Anne, NSW
Question: I recently purchased a 1970s unit. The connection to the building TV antenna is an old ribbon cable connection, which went out of date about 30 years ago and for which it’s no longer possible to get an adapter. I’ve been advised that to update to current coaxial cabling, the connection plate in the unit, as well as the cabling to the antenna would need to be replaced. I believe the cabling is internal in the building. Who is responsible for payment of this please?
– Anne, NSW
Answer: Hi Anne, the antenna would likely be considered common property and the cabling would be common property up to the point it services your lot. However, this doesn’t mean the owners corporation have to replace it because it depends on what the other owners are requiring. These days most buildings use a digital antenna or residents have a pay TV system so you probably need to get in touch with your strata manager or committee and submit a request. The building may have its own process in place so we wouldn’t recommend making any changes with expectation you will be reimbursed. If they agree to reimburse you, it is likely they’ll want to have control over choosing the contractor and so fourth.