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Strata committee expenditure without permission
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09/08/2018 - 12:26 pm
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by way of background I own an apartment in a block of four- self managed with two long term residents controlling strata for over 30 years. I am and have always been a member of the strata committee. In 2016 I took strata to NCAT as they refused a renovation and stuffed us around for twelve months. We won and competed our Reno. There have been ongoing issues since I’ve owned the apartment re running of the strata- no sinking, money spent without approval, no process followed, financials not provided, not complying with AGM processes etc. one of my major gripes is that the three other owners continue to spend money and approve work without consulting me. I suspect it’s ‘payback’ for taking the Reno issue to NCAT. Some examples are: engaging a solicitor to draft a bylaw without any discussion with me, engaging a consultant to draft a ten year plan- no quotes for either and no consultation, painting costing over $2000 being approved prior to quotes being provided and without consultation.

i have raised this issue until I’m blue in the face in addition to other management issues and feel my only option is to go back to NCAT and try to have a strata managing agent appointed. They have played silly buggers for so long! When they were informed the bylaw for the Reno was lodged- they never told me and withheld the info for three months – I suspect to delay the renovation- despite them being directed to approve it. It has been a nightmare. I wonder if I have enough to have a managing agent appointed? Any comments or feedback re similar experience would be very much appreciated 

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09/08/2018 - 4:49 pm
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Sounds painful. If the 3 are in cahoots and you are 4th man, there not much you can do I’d think. But surely you are entitled to know whats going on in a timely manner so as to at least have your say. And I’d think it fair to demand proper and legitimate record keeping as it is required and makes future reviews of your records possible. I’d consult your States relative office and maybe even a solicitor to help the 3 to start conforming. I know if you are the bad guy in the block they won’t listen to you even when they should so I’d recommend getting your legal knowledge right and start the process happening for how it needs to be, in a nice collaborative way, or a sledge hammer if that’s then what it takes. Either way, do it all in such a fashion that makes your actions acceptable to the adjudicator should it get that far.

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