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How to 'entice' more owners to join the EC
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Miranda
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I’m the chairman of an executive committee of 3 including me and have been for  a year, since my arrival here.  (Strata of 12 flats).

My problem is that the other 2 are non-events.   One is a seat warmer and contributes next to nothing,  The other is what is possibly  called vexatious,  tries to block any measures  suggested involving long tedious and arrogant  emails.

That these 2 are in a relationship doesn’t help! With very hard work and the help of a very good Strata Manager (who have also been  the recipient of this rudeness)  I have managed to instigate  some much-needed improvements … most relating to safety measures  …. as little had been done for years before I came, including OH&S matters. .

I believe they elected me as chairman as they don’t want the job and hoped I’d go along with their ‘policy’ of doing as little as possible. 

I am considering writing to the other owners asking for them to join the committee and wondering how best to go about it.  I’m not holding my breath  as they don’t even attend the AGM.

I won’t of course put down the others on the committee (though I’d like to). Any ideas on how to make the idea of being on a committee…..   well, not exactly exciting,….. but at the very least inviting?   The flats are all investment properties with the exception  of we 3 committee members who live on the site.  

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I don’t know how you are going to get the other owners to join the committee when they won’t even come to the AGM.

One way might be to have some sort of social occasion but, to be honest, I don’t think “drinkies” will entice any more to come along.

Or you could manufacture a crisis … perhaps ask them to come to a meeting to discuss selling the block to a developer … or what are we going to do about Airbnb? … or drug dealers … or tenant representation.

Or you could have a meeting to explain how absent members can now participate by phone (your strata manager may help).

Actually, if the other apartments owners are investors, under the terms of section 33 of the Act (below) shouldn’t you have a tenant rep on your committee anyway?  That’ll throw a cat among the pigeons.

Combine a cheese and wine night with a crisis meeting and you might get a few more bodies on board

33 Tenant representatives
(1) This section applies to a strata scheme if there are tenants (being tenants notified in a tenancy notice given in accordance with this Act) for at least half of the number of lots in the scheme.
(2) The tenants of lots in a strata scheme (being tenants notified in a tenancy notice given in accordance with this Act) may nominate one tenant representative for the strata committee.
(3) The tenant representative on a strata committee, in that capacity:
(a) is not entitled to vote on decisions of the committee or to put a motion or nominate a person for office, and
(b) is not entitled to act as an officer of the owners corporation for committee purposes, and
(c) cannot be counted in determining whether there is a quorum of the committee.
(4) The strata committee, at any meeting or for the purpose of all meetings, may determine that a tenant representative is not entitled to be present when the following matters are being discussed or determined:
(a) financial statements and auditor’s reports,
(b) levying of contributions,
(c) recovery of unpaid contributions,
(d) a strata renewal proposal under Part 10 of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 or any related matter,
(e) any other financial matter specified by the regulations.
(5) The regulations may provide for the procedures for nomination of a tenant
representative, including the term for which a tenant representative is appointed, the notification of an appointment and the end of an appointment.

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I feel your pain Miranda, but be careful what you wish for. In our scheme of 9, we have 7 Committee members, 4 of whom do precisely nothing.

We had a Committee meeting last night, after a series of emails from outraged members as to why certain things haven’t been progressed. As it turned out two of the members were unfinancial so couldn’t vote. Two of the other members didn’t turn up, including the Chair (no show at the last one either).

So we didn’t have a quorum. When the AGM is held they will all insist on being on the Committee again, and nothing will change.

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Thanks very much for your replies Jimmy and scotlandx.

It all looks rather dismal, and I feel for you scotlandx, I just can’t understand why people with investment properties don’t want to have a say in what goes on with them.

 

Not to blow my trumpet I’ve worked hard for this place to bring it up to basic scratch since I’ve been here, and it is totally thankless. Just one other interested person would help. 

 

Anyway I think I’ll still send out a letter and point out that they don’t have to live here to be on the committee as most of it all is done by email.  But I sure won’t hold my breath.!, .

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If it makes you feel any better Miranda, all of the people on our Committee bar one are resident owners, and they are just as hopeless. At least you’re trying to do the right thing. 

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