From the Forum: Rogue committee rides roughshod over rules


It’s been a while since we’ve had a forum post about a committee that’s gone “rogue” – making decisions without consulting other owners and awarding themselves all sorts of perks.

In this case, our Flatchatter tells us lot owners received  their first-ever minutes in  five years a couple of months ago, announcing that the committee had agreed to an estimate quote for tiling of the lobbies on each floor.

This came as a shock as the forward planning was for replacement carpet in two years time.

Then a decree was issued that owners were responsible for painting the walls and doors on their levels. This requires a by-law, since you ask, but that hasn’t prevented the chair from going ahead and completely changing the colour scheme on their level.

Meanwhile, the same committee members have installed parking spots on common property areas previously designated “no parking” but now locked by bollards and marked with committee members’ lot numbers.

Lot owners claim they have had no correspondence about these decisions before or after the events, and the secretary and strata manager are not responding to emails.

What can be done? A lot, actually, starting with demanding reversal of the decisions and ending with sacking the whole committee.  You can read all about it HERE.

Elsewhere in Strataland:

  • An owner undertaking a major renovation – including a installing a second bathroom – refuses to seek council’s permission … and now the AGM has approved the plan at the third time of asking. That’s HERE.
  • Can an owner demand a new bath when theirs had a hole in it BEFORE it had to be removed so that repairs to the waterproofing could be done. That’s HERE.
  • The strata committee had set the date for the AGM and published it. Everyone had made arrangements accordingly, then one owner wanted it changed.  When refused, the strata manager recommended sending a lawyer’s letter.  Is this collusion?  That’s HERE.
  • Does a strata manager with full delegated powers have to act in the best interests of the strata scheme? That’s HERE.
  • Can we sign an agreement with a new strata manager while the contract with the previous one is still in force? That’s HERE.

There are thousands of other questions and answers – and your chance to post some of your own – on the Flat Chat Forum.

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