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My Mum is part of a small strata title complex in Tasmania which was built over 12 years ago. At the time the complex was built there wasn’t a formal body corporate established and as such no manager was employed.
Since then a company has offered it’s services for a fee to manage the body corporate stating that it’s a legal requirement to have insurance and that this insurance and indeed the general property maintenance/repairs are to be managed by a strata title manager.
She is one of three unit owners who don’t wish to employ a body corporate manager, although the other five unit owners do. Both she and the other two unit owners carry their own insurance, and do not wish to be part of a combined insurance policy being offered by the strata manager.
Because my Mum is on a fixed income pension she is against any extra costs or management fees that she hasn’t had to pay in the past.
She has received letters from the would be strata manager saying it is a breach of section 99 of the Strata Titles Act 1998 (Tas) (http://classic.austlii.edu.au
Could you please advise, is it a legal requirement that she has to accept the appointment of a manager and therefore then be liable for their fees and Insurance contributions or can she just continue as she has done in the past?
Mum has building and contents Insurance but doesn’t have public liability Insurance for the common areas of the complex.
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