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Here’s my issue that I can’t find a solution anywhere. I own a unit in a block of 12 units. There is one family that owns 6 units out of the 12. The common area needed painting/carpet/minor repairs. I sent an email and photos to the strata manager who replied that the executive committee (which consisted of this family) declined to spend any money.
I put the common area upgrade on the agenda for the next AGM which was voted down 6 votes to 3 (me, one other owner, plus a proxy vote from another owner). I took the matter to NCAT mediation – they declined to attend. I then took the matter to NCAT for hearing. They also declined to attend, however I represented myself and (surprisingly!) won the case. The JM has made orders for the common area to be upgraded.
Now here is the issue: I originally put my hand up to be on the Executive Committee, while the other two positions were held by the father and son. This arrangement lasted until our AGM held a couple of weeks ago.
At this meeting there was a vote to limit the number on the EC to two people (have a guess who the two people are?). This was voted 6 votes to 3 votes. I’ve been in touch with some of the other owners, however some of them live overseas and are not interested in the management of the property, only interested in getting the rent, which means whatever is brought up at the AGM, there are always 6 votes outvoting any other votes.
My concern is that nothing can get done unless this family wants it. If they decided to raise a levy for whatever they choose, we have no say in the matter. I’m nervous to take it a step further with NCAT and bring in an outside strata manager as you just don’t know who you are getting (better the devil you know!).
I’m interested in your thoughts on how this can be managed.
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