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Who is Responsible?

Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Strata Community Australia (NSW) and NSW Fair Trading show you where the responsibility lies in relation to your bathroom.








Bathroom Cabinet and/or Mirror



Blocked Floor Drain

Owners Corporation 


Burst Pipe General

Owner/Owners Corporation


Normally burst pipes are the responsibility of the Owners Corporation.  However, if the pipe is for the exclusive use of the lot, then if it bursts:


Within the lot – owner’s responsibility (e.g. pipe in the internal wall feeding the shower)

Outside the lot – owners corporation’s responsibility (e.g. the lot’s hot water pipes but they are in the concrete floor).


Cracked Bath/Hand Basin



Dripping “S” Bend Under Sink



Ducting Covering Stack

Owners Corporation


Exhaust Fans 

Owner/Owners Corporation


If it is inside the lot it is the owners’ responsibility.  It if it mounted within “structural cubic space” e.g. communal ducting or a false ceiling which is designed to carry communal pipes etc. or outside the lot, then it is the responsibility of the owners corporation.


Hot Water Service – Exclusive to a Lot

Owner/Owners Corporation


If a hot water service is inside a lot, and for the exclusive use of that lot, it is the responsibility of the owner.  However, if situated outside the lot it is the responsibility of the owners corporation unless subject to a special by-law.


Leaking Pipes Under Sink



Main Stop Cock to Unit

Owners Corporation


Plug and Waste in Bath



The plug and waste are within the airspace of the lot and therefore the responsibility of the owner to repair and maintain.


Shower Screen Repairs



Toilet Bowl



Toilet Cistern



Water Leaking from Bath



The seal/grouting around the top of the bath is the owner’s responsibility to maintain unless the leaking seal/grouting abuts an external wall.  The plug and waste under the bath is still within the lot’s airspace and therefore is the owner’s responsibility to maintain if water is leaking under the bath into the lot below.


Water Leaking from Shower

Owner/Owners Corporation


The tiles on the floor, or on a common wall that separate two lots - or the lot from common property - are the responsibility of the owners corporation.  This includes the shower base.  However, if the water is leaking through an internal wall, it is the responsibility of the owner.  An exception is where water is leaking through the second floor of a townhouse that was built prior to 1st July 1974.  The tiles on the floor in this case are the owners.


Water Leaking from Shower Taps 



Water Leaking through Tiles

Owner/Owners Corporation


Please refer above to “Water Leaking from Shower.”



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