While watering some plants in a friend’s unit last week, I came across an OC-owned storeroom that I discovered has been used for many years and continues to be used, exclusively, by one former SC member, for free.
Is this above board?
My friend has no recollection that the issue ever went to a general meeting of the OC. She infers it was doubtlessly a quid pro quo of some sort amongst the closely knit SC members.
I am unsure of the market rent for such a storeroom (but could find out) and wonder what can be done to stop this abuse of OC property and to start charging a market rent for the storeroom.
As far as the value goes, find a commercial storage facility nearby and base your charges on their rates (but probably a bit less).
The easiest way to discover how and why the committee member is given this privilege is to ask the secretary or strata manager or secretary and if they don’t answer, put a motion on the agenda of then next EC meeting.
But be warned, storage is at a premium in apartment blocks which means as soon as you establish that it should be paid for, there will be a bun fight to see who is at the front of the queue to do so.