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I am an owner of a unit in a 15 year old, 16 unit block in Sydney. One owner ( an individual who developed the block) owns 8 of the units, which are all rented out, and he has always been the sole member of the Strata Committee; so the whole place has been run as his personal fiefdom, with him using a (competent) strata manager. We are now having significant problems with one of his tenants in particular, and essentially this owner refuses to do anything about it – simply happy to collect his rents, as the tenant has a (commercial) 3 year lease. One can only communicate with this owner by landline phone or letter – no mobile or email or computer! (Or so he says). And of course he now pleads that he lives on the Central Coast and with lockdowns can’t get down to Sydney for inspections etc. The strata manager acts professionally and sends notices to comply to the tenant who just ignores them, and so nothing else happens.
Other owners and myself feel we could get more done by being on the Strata Committee.
However, the last AGM was May 2021 and the next one will be in May 2022. Foolishly I did not nominate to get on the Strata Committee at this last AGM. My question is – can I (and some other upset owners) get onto the Strata Committee now, as opposed to waiting until the next AGM? If so, how do we go about it, particularly given that this (bad) owner will probably act to obstruct this. Also the strata manager says we can only get onto the SC at an AGM, not in between AGM’s. This doesn’t sound right to me? My reading of the legislation is that the SC can appoint members to join in between times if there is a vacancy on the SC, but would this apply if this current sole member of the SC is not willing to make such an appointment?
I would appreciate any feedback anyone might have.
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