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I am fully paid up with my strata levies.
However my strata agents have taken moneys out of my levy payment so that I am no longer financial. They allege that my builder blocked a sewer (December 2020) whilst renovating my bathroom and have sent me a bill of over $ 5,000. The evidence that they presented to prove my liability for this account is a photo which is dated 2015!.
I have spoken to an independent plumber,( ie not on the pay roll of the Strata.) He says that, even if my builder was partially to blame, the bill is way over what is should be. There were tree roots involved and an electric eel was not used (only a water hose) which, had it been used, would not have required further digging up of the sewer. A “standard bill” for this kind of work would be half that charged.
I do not accept liability for this but no one at the strata managers will answer my emails, letters or phone calls. I have sent a “recorded delivery letter” to the 3 directors of the company but have received no reply from them.
I have been told unofficially that the secretary of the committee (who lives in the block) has gagged the strata managers not allowing them to speak to me and also instructing them to take payment from my levy. I have been advised by a lawyer that this is illegal.
There is not a lot more that I can do since neither the strata managers nor the Chairman of the Body Corporate will mediate with me.
I do not want to take legal action but if they wont mediate with me that may happen. I believe that the Chairman is suggesting this but the rest of the committee do not want this I have been told and wish to pay it from body corporate funds as sewers come under that jurisdiction.
I cannot attend the AGM because the strata managers have declared me non financial (since they have withdrawn money from my levy to pay the plumber) .
I am most interested to hear your views.
I suspect that there is something a bit suspicious about all of this behaviour including the strata plumber, the Strata secretary and the Strata Directors.
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