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    stratamember100
    Flatchatter

    Hi all,

    A quick and general question.

    I am now a member of strata and have picked up that our building has been consistently invoiced ‘facade maintenance’ charges over the past year and a bit. Putting aside the fact that I can see no evidence that anyone has ever done any work to the facade, and that the company doing the work has not provided details in respect to what they actually do, is this a common occurrence for new residential flat buildings? Any comments or experiences would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    #35786
    Lady Penelope
    Lady Penelope
    Strataguru

    Is the contract for ‘facade maintenance’ an ongoing  maintenance contract? If it is then you may be being charged an annual maintenance fee even if no maintenance is required.

    If that is the case then try and get a copy of the contract and discuss with your committee whether this type of contract is the best one for your situation.

    If you have a proactive committee and a good idea of the maintenance schedule then you should be able to identify what needs doing and organise your own individual contractors for specific tasks.

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    Lady Penelope
    Lady Penelope
    Strataguru

    Is the contract for ‘facade maintenance’ an ongoing  maintenance contract? If it is then you may be being charged an annual maintenance fee even if no maintenance is required.

    If that is the case then try and get a copy of the contract and discuss with your committee whether this type of contract is the best one for your situation.

    If you have a proactive committee and a good idea of the maintenance schedule then you should be able to identify what needs doing and organise your own individual contractors for specific tasks.

    #35789
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    stratamember100
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    Thanks for your response Lady Penelope,

    The fee is not annual (without being specific it is significantly more frequent than that) and there is a contract that has been signed is for 5 years (signed by a previous member of the committee).

    It sounds like this is not the norm and that is just what I wanted to confirm.

    #35792
    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    JK91 said:

    … there is a contract that has been signed is for 5 years (signed by a previous member of the committee).

    Is there an agenda item and minute of the committee meeting that agreed to this?  If there is no agenda item and related minute, the contract is invalid (unless it was agreed by the strata manager acting for the strata committee).

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    stratamember100
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    Chat-starter

    Hi Jimmy-T,

    No agenda items or related minutes. The contract appeared to have been signed prior to the first strata committee being formed (the person who signed on behalf of the Strata Plan joined the inaugural strata committee in the following months…). Thanks for your advice.

    #35803
    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    The strata committee is initially formed at the end of the first AGM. Any contracts signed before the first AGM are invalid unless they are ratified by a majority of owners at the first AGM.

    Sounds like someone is on the fiddle.

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