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  • in reply to: Help needed for nervous seller/buyer #48092
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    Hiya, considering the real stress of buying and selling for most, and moreso for your friend, I wonder is only renting in the newer area and leasing out the current property (which would pay for the new rent) might be a more palatable first small step? If it works well he would be already settled in the newer area and then look to sell the original house and then buy in his new, or another area. Wish him well with it all, and good for you for asking for him.

    in reply to: How no-show investors profit from our efforts #47744
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    I’m involved in two properties. One is a older, less than ideal run property with a body corp that’s welded on, does little, and achieves much less than they think, and the other a new lux affair that I don’t even know the body corp as it’s run so well there is zero need to engage with them. Having slaved away both on and off the committee and been undercut by the old chooks on the older property I’m over it and them.

    The legislation says keep the joint well maintained so someone needs appointment to do just that, usually these are contracted out but often not to then be micromanaged by inexpert volunteers whose key role is to primarily administer decision making. And if you can’t get volounteers just pay up and get a professional to do it all. As  is, some members will slave away and some will contribute little other than pursue only their agenda or stop creating value or enjoyment for others. I no longer feel the obligation to contribute. Many don’t and it’s not legislated. If they want my opinion or action I’ll happily give it 110%, but if they don’t they will soon enough be met with adjudication. Life goes on with the less stress the better, as it should without being intruded upon by idiots.

    in reply to: Loud neighbours/unsupervised children. #47404
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    Of course you can directly discuss this with the neighbors involved, if, you feel it safe and productive to do so. Just keep in mind though that a kids job is to make a mess and make noise, it’s what they do, but the practice seems little appreciated by those of a different bloodline. Unfortunately, in these politically correct times you can no longer punish other peoples kids! So the direct the approach to parents as often as you feel to sure can’t hurt. Sometimes the people are crazy, some times compliant, and sometimes even unaware that it is them being a bad neighbour until you kindly advise them of such. Good luck.

    in reply to: Committee chair abused position to destroy tree #47402
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    On this issue, the horse has bolted so i wouldn’t bother with adjudication. They are not likely to replace the tree with another so what’s the point now that the damage has been done? – esp done by the book it seems. Sometimes the tree needs to be heavy trimmed or removed due to safety or pest control which thereafter looks different, allows more noise, and dust and other things not necessarily thought through beforehand. I’d think now, it’s best to make your displeasure known in writing and seek similar is not repeated in the same way. They do not need to consult you usually (in Qld) but you might ask them to favor you and advise/consult you should similar be planned again, and do mention any specific trees you think are worth fighting for.

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    In Qld, if you miss two consecutive meetings without writing an apology you are essentially disqualified and can be replaced by a fill-in without notice. My block has done that. The person didn’t show any interest  or attend many meetings, or read any emails, including the one telling him as much. Then does his block (‘I wasn’t told’) at the agm meeting (that he had to be told was on). Makes you wonder why folks really bother applying for the role if they don’t intend to give it their best shot, especially as they may be keeping a better candidate off the committee.

    in reply to: Does not look good to send notice to comply? #46905
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    I’d caution jumping on to your committee without first understanding the task and time involved. It’s a pig of a job to do well, thankless, prone to conflict and takes much more time than you’d think, and involves many areas that take a lot to get your head around. If your main few issues can be just addressed and you go on your way do that. If you alone get on your committee as well as with the numbers still in the current’s hands all you will achieve is your own frustrations, so if you want to try hop aboard I would suggest you get a few competent, motivated others there to also get involved. Good luck!

    in reply to: Joining the committee #46844
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    Do you have experience doing this before, or are you looking to get involved with your new purchase? I can better give some advice when i know which. All the best with it regardless. Cheers, C.

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    All sounds a bit raggedy. I’d propose in the simplest response you seek that only the 5 legitimate members vote on motions and the other 2 contribute in the general positive way they would be expected to as committee members but do not vote. If that is not acceptable to the 2 they need to go and guests filler spots offered to another 2 qualified/owners to replace them as would happen for when and as any regular vacancy arises.

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    Why does it matter if you are on the role as a renter anyways? Interested to learn sumfink.

    in reply to: Strata ignoring me #46464
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    My point being I guess that, in Qld, you can put your request to them ideally for consideration at their next meeting but they are not required to respond in the way you want/demand. You should though clearly outline what the issue is and what the response may be, including quoting legislation if you know it, price quotes or supporting info to help make the decision more obvious and easy but they dont need to do it your way. They do need to uphold legislation though but they may have other plans or priorities or whatnot you may be unaware of.

    in reply to: Strata ignoring me #46417
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    Apparently they can ignore your requests and motions you may put to your committee for their monthly meetings, but they can’t ignore a Motion you put up for an AGM. The former is your committee getting underway in the way they best see fit, the later is the owners agreeing, or not, on something that the committee will be expected to undertake. So if your AGM, or you are aware that a EGM, is planned soon you might like to try going that way.

    in reply to: Are there limits on the Chairperson’s power? #46267
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    Many people, including your own committee members, don’t often know their State legislation and laws, and their own complex’s (live)-by-laws that all owners must comply with. You should spend the time acquiring this knowledge over time as it really cuts to the chase and can save you a lot of time and stress worrying over things you can or can’t get done.

    Often you will find good people in power don’t know or understand their role and limits, or duds in power who do and use it for their own benefit, esp old hands who don’t have or want to spend their funds on things that ‘have always been that way’ or wont benefit them.

    So quoting a little legislation can work magic in your favor, such as ‘I was going over the Act and couldn’t see where it says that, can you show me please?’ to help flush out those who may be right (but you still verify it) from those who are being silly – and need to get real.

    in reply to: How un-green can you get? #44837
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    I totally disagree with the sentiments above. We have a no laundry above balustrade height bylaw here and it works well. What you want to avoid is the Chinese laundry ala Hong Kong style mess. It’s not forcing folks into only use clothes dryers but to avoid those high positioned Aldi wall hung permanent strung ones. You can’t control who perpetually will have laundry hung or how much is out, how many are out and most usually looking horrible.  I’ve lived here for 3 years now and use one, sometimes, two collapsible temporary wire clothes air-ers. I still own my electric but just never need to use it.

    in reply to: Will our quiet block soon be party central? #44035
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    Some folks write notes out of genuine courtesy and some as a set up for anything goes when the party gets too raucus or goes way too long. Fortunately, it seems young folk these days like to drink at home then go out which is better than the reverse.

    If your bylaws do have a cut off time you might mention that in a courtesy note back to them. If they are nice people you can roll with it more easily than if they are rude. If this one goes ok and doesn’t become a too regular occurrence you will probably be happy but if not you have your response as part of your cannon fodder.

    On the night I appreciate some folks annoyed by another’s party may be a little reticent to contact them if they think they might not respond the way you want, so do feel free to call the cops who are generally happy to attend if they aren’t busy elsewhere and do so without naming you as the caller.

    If it does go pear-shaped, keep in mind what a bouncer told me he does which is to use his ATM strategy: Ask them, tell them, make them to have it addressed and not repeated.

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    broken link?

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