Strata Title Plan - Explanation of Plan & Diagrams
The plan of subdivision 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 plan of subdivision prior to construction and alterations are shown with different version numbers of the plan. The plan of subdivision initiates the management corporation, which comes into effect with a management agreement and inaugural meeting.
The plan of subdivision includes common boundary fences, shared underground utility services, common driveways and private units. The plan 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 Strata Titles Scheme, and it should be left to a solicitor for dispute issues or see a land surveyor. The example diagrams below are from the Australian state of Victoria and are used 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. Party wall with easements? What does this mean for management corporation responsibility?
A. That access must be maintained – owner cannot build over and the management corporation has the right to enter to repair.
Q4. E1 is carriageway? Lot 9? Does this belong to the management corporation or not?
A. The Plan will provide a schedule – if lot 9 is on that schedule they are a member of the management 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 management corporation (who is responsible).
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