Star BMS reveals Top 5 Overlooked Common Property Maintainance Issues

Top 5 Overlooked Common Property Maintenance Issues

Whether it is a townhouse complex or a high rise building, the Body Corporate (or Owners Corporation) is responsible for good repair and maintenance of the property.

But do you know there are hidden repair and maintenance items that, if overlooked, can cost your community big money?

Star BMS is the trusted experts in building management services and we’ve come up with our Top 5 Most Commonly Overlooked Common Property Maintenance Issues.

Roofs & Gutters

Leaks are the number one common property issue.

And while plumbing issues, such as leaking showers and pipes, account for some of these, others are the result of issues with roofs and gutters.

Identifying roof leaks requires a comprehensive assessment to identify where water is coming in, and its cause.

In the case of buildings with roof top plant such as air conditioning towers, this becomes more challenging still.


Rust is more than just unsightly, it can be the first sign of a more serious structural issue.

Those stains which appear on concrete surfaces may be indicative of concrete cancer. This occurs where water has been absorbed into the concrete, causing the steel reinforcing core to rust. It becomes a serious problem when the concrete around begins to crack or flake.


Keeping up with external painting of a building helps it look good, keep its value and enhance kerb appeal.

However, painting does so much more.

Programming a regular painting schedule protects the external surfaces from the elements which may cause the material beneath to rust, rot or wrap.

Building Wash Down

To keep your building in top condition, periodic building wash downs of painted surfaces are essential.

This is especially important in beachside suburbs. The salt air causes build up that can produce severe degradation of painted surfaces and corrosion in areas that might produce water leaks and other maintenance problems.

RCD testing

An RCD, or residual current device, is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire.

We also know them as an electrical safety switch, and they do more than ordinary fuses and circuit breakers in keeping lives and property safe.

Push button testing of your RCD is required under Australian Standards every six months. This can be done by the technician you are engaging to complete electrical safety services.

Five Issues, One Solution

All of these issues might sound like a lot of take on, but there is one simple solution to effectively identify and manage potential common property maintenance issues.

One call to Star Building Management Services (Star BMS) will have all your facilities management issues sorted with a tailored preventative maintenance schedule created for your building.

We’ve been established since 1992 to meet the growing need for quality asset management in the Body Corporate, Owners Corporation and Strata Title sector.

For more than two decades, Star BMS has earned a reputation for providing superior service to our clients.

Our services include:

  • Building Management and Maintenance Systems;
  • Common Property Condition Reports;
  • Building Management Statements;
  • Insurance Valuation;
  • Sinking Fund Forecast;
  • Fire Safety Adviser Appointment;
  • Occupiers Statement;
  • General Safety and Building Fire Safety Compliance report;
  • Cleaning;
  • Fire Evacuation Signs;
  • External Cladding Champion.

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