Community Title Plan/Diagram
The Community Title is an important reference point as it defines boundaries and assists in decision making for issues, repairs and maintenance of units and common property. A land surveyor draws up the Community Title prior to construction and alterations are shown with different version numbers of the plan. The Community Title initiates the owners corporation, which comes into effect with a management agreement and inaugural meeting.
The Community Title includes common boundary fences, shared underground utility services, common driveways and private units. The community title dictates lot entitlement and liability as well as boundaries. These boundaries determine responsibility for maintenance and repair issues.
It may be difficult to read a Community Title, and it should be left to a solicitor for dispute issues or see a land surveyor. The Victorian example diagrams below are given to help your understanding and to indicate the complexity of these plans, especially as every state is different.
Q1. What is this?
A. This boundary is a solid wall. The strokes along the boundary line indicate the interior.
Q2. What does the “S” mean
Q3. A party wall with easements? What does this mean for owners corporation responsibility?
A. That access must be maintained – owner cannot build over and the owners corporation has the right to enter to repair.
Q4. E1 is carriageway? Lot 9? Does this belong to the owners corporation or not?
A. The community title will provide a schedule – if lot 9 is on that schedule they are a member of the owners corporation.
Q5. What is this?
A. M = median (or middle is close enough) is the boundary of the lot. That means that the lots either side of the party wall contribute to the repair. The hashed line means solid boundary
Q6. What does the following paragraph mean and where would I find it on the plan?
A: 6A, 7A & 8A – Responsible for the existence and operation at their expense of said ventilator opening – this means that those lots cannot build over, block or remove the opening (is that the easement in Q3?).
6A, 7A & 8A – are not responsible for the repair or replacement of the pipe except as a member of the owners corporation (who is responsible).
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