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common property


When a tenant signs a lease for a unit, townhouse or flat they have strata by-laws to abide by and this includes the rules and expectations including use of the common property.

What is common property?

Common property is a thing or things held jointly and usually found at unit blocks, complexes and land with more than one property on it.

For example, the following are considered common property:

  • driveways
  • lawns
  • stairwells

 Who is responsible?

  • tenants to keep driveways clear and only park their car in the designated car space
  • stairwells free of obstacles and the cleanliness of them is the tenants responsibilities
  • lawns are generally maintained by the strata managers but this can sometimes fall upon the tenant, particularly if it is a small enclosed area at the back of the property, this depends on the individual block of units