Committee management

Our administrative fund for our set of units is in negative figures and I’m unable to reach the body corporate manager for clarity. What should I do? – Kim, QLD

The administrative fund for our set of units is in negative figures. I have rung the body corporate managers a number …

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Can I compel my strata committee to explain budget variances in the annual financial statements? – Peter, NSW

If you are looking for clarity on your strata financial statements, you can submit a motion with the secretary of the …

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My strata committee has undertaken unapproved works – what can I do and can I get a refund? Joan, NSW

The strata committee had some work done on common property, marked out car spaces (that are too small), and put up …

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Are strata managers mandatory or are other arrangements available? – Christine, NSW

Strata manager fees always seem to increase at a rate of x% per year (for example, 8% per year). This means …

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Are waterproofing and roof repairs an administrative expense or a capital works fund item? – Lynette, NSW

Does waterproofing & roof repairs fall under maintenance (thus being an admin expenses) or are they a capital works fund expense? …

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Can the committee restrict owners and residents from participating in general meetings and asking questions? – Michael, NSW

Can the Committee declare that residents (owners) cannot speak at monthly meetings unless they are invited to? At our last AGM, …

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Who is responsible for collecting meeting minutes when meetings and decisions are made via email? – Sue, QLD

Who keeps the minutes for Committee Meetings where the decisions are made via email. Where should the original be kept and …

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How do self-managed owners corporation serve notices? Josh, VIC

How does a body corporate have to lawfully serve a Notice of Breach on a lot owner if we are a …

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Can our building manager or caretaker change the name of our entire complex without owners input nor acknowledgement? – Rose, NSW

Even if they have management rights, can our building manager or caretaker change the name of our entire complex without owners …

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Am I eligible to sit on the body corporate committee and also care-take a community title scheme with 40 lots. – Donna, QLD

Your eligibility to be a committee member depends on your position within the body corporate and what you mean by ‘taking …

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Can body corporate transfer funds between administrative levies and sinking fund levies if the funds are in the same bank account?

Can body corporate have one bank account for administrative levies and sinking fund levies combined, so if administrative levies are short, …

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What happens if a community is unable to pay its expenses due to lack of funds caused by owners not paying their levies? – Lisa, NSW

If the owners fail to pay their levies or delay paying them, it can impact the day to day common property …

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My property by-laws ban riding of bicycle on the common property, and I find them to be unreasonable. When are by-laws invalid, what are my options? – Robert, QLD

My daughter and her friends enjoy riding their bicycles, but we have a by-law that bans riding of bicycle on the …

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When and how often can the body corporate elect a member into the committee? – Doug, QLD

At our recent AGM, two members nominated for a vacant position on the Body Corporate of our Building. One of the …

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Can quarterly strata levies be paid in smaller instalments on a weekly or monthly basis? – Guy, NSW

According to the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, the owners corporation can decide how often levies are collected from lot owners. …

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