Section 3(1)(l) of the STSMA regulates that the Body Corporate must maintain all the common property and keep it in a state of good and serviceable repair. Common property includes all the land and parts of the building/s which are not included in a section on the general plan. Additional equipment and fixtures, gardens and walkways, coffee areas, dining hall, library, a swimming pool, shared parking facilities and drive ways all form part of the common property. It also includes the exterior boundary wall and fences, electric fencing and security system.
Most of the utility infrastructure and services are also considered common property and includes the water, electricity and gas supplies including pipes, wires, cables and ducts as well as the sewer system, drainage, garbage and waste disposal and separate meters for electricity, water and gas. Shared telephone, computer data and television services would also be common property.
Property owners are however, responsible for the maintenance of pipes, wires, cables and ducts which supply a utility service to their section and which are located in that section.
The levies paid by the unit owners to the Body Corporate, usually cover the basic maintenance and administration of the scheme. Section 3(1)(b) of the STSMA obligates the Body Corporate to establish and maintain a reserve fund or levy stabilisation fund, for unforeseen maintenance and repairs of the common property and empowers it to collect these contributions from owners, whenever necessary.