Balcony Repairs and Maintenance: An “Essential” Service
Leaky balconies and cracked tiles happen, regardless of international pandemics. As a tenant you have the right to live in a safe and fully functioning apartment, no matter what is happening in the world around you.
Unfortunately, repairing balconies is one of the critical services that are currently being cancelled or postponed – Not by the government, but by unit and apartment tenants themselves, due to fear of having tradespeople in their home.
This is risky as repairs to balcony leaks will likely cost more the longer you wait, they may even do exactly what residents are trying to avoid – threaten lives. Leaks compromise the structural integrity of buildings and if these repairs are not done quickly the problem is likely to snowball.
Coronavirus has not only turned people off having tradespeople in the home, according to the Strata Community Association (SCA), it has also sparked a home renovation boom. With some residents undertaking unsafe DIY high-rise balcony repair projects that are best performed by a professional.