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Any decent insurance policy should cover all sorts of stuff, known and unkown. If there is an issue Id address it then, youd get paid, or you wouldnt so you go the next cab off the rank. Just use a dear solicitor so it shouldn’t cost you a cent regardless of who pays up.31/07/2019 at 3:59 pm in reply to: How do we get a penny-pinching chair to approve proper repairs? #39880
Get to know your State’s legislation regarding upkeep on your building, and also your by-laws. Committee folks don’t seem to know much and are able to just make what they think are good, obvious decisions. Points of difference can get settled faster when you point out things you feel don’t match the legislation or your by-laws, and hold firm, get other owners on your side so it’s not seen as just you (with and maybe after you drag your Managers viewpoint into it), but even if it is just you be prepared to let it go if its not a big deal or stand and fight if it is. That will mean presenting paperwork that advises you are taking it beyond committee decision and out to a 3rd party such as an adjudicator. Often then they concede as they are just volunteers having a go so don’t want the exposure for not doing things to a standard and time-frame legislation requires if the concerns are genuine. I’m not a fan of needing to join the committee just to have your rights enforced and I think it can actually work against you if you dont often have issue with most of what goes or or are not up for the groupthink.
Keeping of the pet should have conditions set when the committee approved it. I doubt midnight leaking on the balcony would be agreed so it’s likely a by-law breach. In Qld you send a form 1 to your committee outlining what you feel is the breach, and they then have 2 weeks to get it addressed if it is – if they don’t proceed to adjudication. If it not finalized it risks being a fined offense if it gets to a Magistrates court. You might suggest ways forward but you don’t really care so long as the issue is resolved to your satisfaction. If not: rinse and repeat. but allow this to be the committee’s problem to solve, not yours.
Call the Qld Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management on 1800 060 119 (freecall).
Leave a message, they will call you back and point you to the correct part of the legislation. Their general only advice will get you headed in the right direction re this.
I’m unsure on your right to any compensation unless it’s already agreed but think you will at least require advance notice of anyone required to come onto your space for the benefit of other Lot owners.25/07/2019 at 1:10 pm in reply to: New committee won’t reimburse payment agreed by previous owners #39396
It sounds like all the paperwork is available outlining and confirming the works to be done and why it will get done by the owner, the agreement to reimburse them, and the bill since presented for payment? I’m pretty sure the horse has bolted then and your bill still outstanding. Any Motion afterward would therefore seem invalid. The committee still exists and carries it’s obligations regardless of who is currently on, or was on, it. I’d put a letter of demand for payment within 2 weeks to the manager and proceed to adjudication. Don’t muck around, it seems a no-brainer.
The (live)-bylaws keep everyone in check for everyone’s benefit. If one gets away with something it can then be used as a precedent for others who also want the same. A little encroachment usually slips by but when someone says something, or it’s obvious you are stretching the friendship in others eyes they do need to say something. Paper wars are the lesser way to go about it, so maybe invite someone over to walk through exactly what their concerns are. Doing so may help you to save a little more of what you’ve got there thus far.
It’s part of the reason why having a few involved and keeping things in check is important. Sometimes the chief, as in your building, finds it easier to do most things themself esp when other committee members are not trusted/capable or apply themself, but when they make mistakes these can get through. I suggest getting to know your state’s legislation and bylaws so you can raise your concerns and back this up by quoting legislation which folks will want to know their committee and members are adherring to, and that alone can help right the ship.
I’m not convinced that needing to be on the executive is always necessary, esp if you don’t think you are up for the effort to get things corrected over the year you will be volunteering for. If you are: great, but you are on your committee already, but if you choose not to and can’t get them to act friendly in this regard act in your own best interest, even better if you can get others concerned as you are to help carry the load.
Would your own home contents insurance etc cover help here?
Im not over-awed by any of the top 3 roles: chairman, secretary or treasurer. Those 3 roles no longer have the sway that they did in years back before it became necessary to have a paid and professional manager. But they need to be locally filled and they and your committee (most are large enough complexes to require a set number) make the decisions on the ground and instruct the hands-on guys to initiate things. But they are not a law unto them self so can certainly be challenged or inspired to take on board what other owners prefer.
It is good that some folks get underway and keep some control and it can be good and efficient when you have a good servant in place, but a pain when the opposite. Get to know the local state legislation and know your bylaws to use that to your advantage, as well as stay in friendly contact with your professional manager who should give you unbiased guidance beyond the assumptions your current chairman’s may have.
You as do other owners have full access to your records but typically need to pay a fee to the professional manager to see these at there premises, as well as pay per page to get copies.
thanks, mention it first to the friendly neighbour on the quiet (seeking what if so?), or go straight to the committee as/how you suggest? cheers, C.
Call the police. At a minimum, for of the cost of a pot plant you will be sure to have her put on notice (the police may know a little more about her history if she has one).17/07/2019 at 10:50 am in reply to: Committee member holding out against security improvements #38901
Pretty sure your own home contents cover if you have it covers your own stuff, and the Body Corp insurance covers the community owned stuff, so if they broke into your garage you claim it, if they stole a communal bbq the Body Corp claim. You might actually find that both insurance costs are lowered by investing in the cameras. Mind you, they are as much a preventative notice to crooks as they are an after the fact identifier of what and when should they do something.
I know with screen doors these can become an issue dependent on the way and side they swing open from, if the wrong way and could block passing traffic, these become a fire escape hazard and you will need to replace or remove it, leaving ugly mounting points in your door frame then needing fixing.
Some new-to-apartment-dwellers don’t understand they can’t automatically do this so unless it get bought to their attention they won’t know or won’t change. Being nice is the start and letting them know the rules, that they are not the first and here’s what others have since done is a good start.
I would imagine they are not able to vote on agm/egm matters if they are not up to date financially, so that may also get a mention if so.