Collective Responsibility in Strata Apartments

  • Hazel Easthope
  • Bill Randolph


All multi-owned developments are, by definition, owned collectively by multiple individual owners. While for some, shared ownership can be part of the attraction, for others it is a necessary evil. This chapter focuses on the experience of strata title ownership in New South Wales, Australia. Based on consultation with strata owners, this chapter highlights the mismatch that can occur between the responsibilities of owners as members of an owners’ corporation (body corporate) as enshrined in legislation and people’s knowledge and acceptance of those responsibilities. The chapter concludes with a discussion of why such a mismatch occurs between collective responsibilities as outlined in the legislation, and practice and preferences ‘on the ground’ in strata developments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hazel Easthope
    • 1
  • Bill Randolph
    • 1
  1. 1.City Futures Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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