Good fences make good neighbours, observed the poet Robert Frost.
The same can be said for strata communities, where keeping fences in good repair keeps the relationship between neighbours sweet.
So, whose responsibility is it to maintain fences?
In Queensland and New South Wales, it’s straight forward:
In Victoria, the situation with boundary fences is different.
If there is no common property between the Lot Owner’s fence and another property, then the Lot Owner, not the Owners Corporation, is responsible for that boundary fence. For example, a front fence that separates a lot from a Council-owned footpath is the responsibility of the Lot Owner and not the Owners Corporation.
However, you do need to check your by-laws or community rules because depending on your scheme, as there may be some other arrangement for fence maintenance.
And to misquote Shakespeare: a fence, by any other name, still marks a boundary and it has to be maintained.
Under accepted definitions, a fence doesn’t necessarily have to be made of timber, Colourbond or chain link. It may also be made of brick or stone blocks – even a dividing hedge is considered a fence.
In general terms, structures which are not considered fences are:
Find out more about the legislation in your state here:
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