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    Katrina
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    Hi All

    This is my first time on the forum so this question may have been addressed before – sorry.

    We have an owner who had to get a plumber out to test for a leak from his Lot into the Lot below, the problem was the plumber could not shut off the water because the shut off valve needed a new washer and would not shut off the water.

    This unit was extensively renovated (not by our present owner but his father), creating new wet areas and things were not done to the building code of NSW standard. The original owner was fined $3,000.00 by the council and made by NCAT to provide Schematic plumbing diagrams which were attached to the Special by-law covering the renovations.

    The new owner wants to be reimbursed the cost of the plumber by the OC, as the shut off valve is wholly within his Lot and shuts off the water to his Lot only my understanding is that is should be his expense, especially if he has the Special By-law covering this area. Isn’t that the point of the by-law to protect the OC?

    Is my understanding correct?

    Thanks Katrina

    #393603
    Amanda Farmer
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    Hi Katrina,

    Yep, you’re right. Even without the the by-law, it’s the lot owner’s responsibility.

    And here’s some recent Forum posts on that point:

    https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/qanda/topic/water-isolation-valve-who-responsible-for-payment-for-repair-oc-or-lot-owner/

    Amanda.

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