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Owners in our apartment complex are worried that one committee member may have an agenda that could have negative consequences on us all. The person concerned was named in parliament several years ago in relation to specific strata-related complaints. She has bought five units in this complex (of fewer than 50 lots) in recent years.
I have heard different accounts of what has been happening and my concerns grow on the value of my own property. Some committee members are saying that our properties are being devalued by this person for her own personal gain.
She has openly abused and denigrated other committee members at a general meeting, calling them “deplorable”. The meeting turned out to be a complete waste of time and one committee member resigned because of anxiety issues.
This owner does seem to know the Strata Act quite well (it could well be a perception being created) and at the last general meeting, her voice was the only one being heard despite other owners speaking up.
They were talked over and the Strata Manager did not control meeting proceedings properly. I have written to the Strata Manager with suggestions on meeting protocols, which hopefully, some of them will be adopted. As we meet online, it may be an option to record the meeting with the consent of owners.
I have contacted the Department of Fair Trading to ask them about committee member integrity. However, it seems anyone (irrespective of past transgressions) can be a committee member. I find this alarming as our sinking fund is quite sizeable.
Is there anything under strata law that states members of the committee must be of good character / have integrity? Is there anything to ensure that a person of questionable character should not be considered a committee member?
Is there some forum that owners can check the integrity of committee members?
Some of the owners suspect this person is seeking to have the current strata management company ousted. She apparently did this to another strata plan she is on and where she is the sole strata committee officer (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) – subsequently installing a strata manager she knows.
We are concerned this may be part of her agenda. There are other considerations such as that she may be part of a development company.
Can you suggest avenues we can explore to uncover what this owner is up to and have her removed from the committee (an opportunity that may be available at the next AGM)?
What suggestions can you make for the strata committee and owners corporation to ensure integrity, transparency and collaboration going forward?
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