May 22, 2020 at 12:44 am #229352PersistenceMember
Can the strata manager reimburse the chairperson’s expenses without committees approval?
For an owner to reimbursement expenses, they need to fill up a reimbursement form substantiated with receipts. In the reimbursement form, it clearly stated that “All claims must be verified and approved by a majority of the committee.”
There has been numerous occasion that the strata manager has reimbursed the chairperson’s expenses without committees approval. I only get to know the transaction in in the monthly interim report.
PersistenceMay 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm #229375PersistenceMember
Another question. If the claim is circulated to all committees. But the committees did not respond. Does it consider silent mean consent?
PersistenceMay 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm #229424ts1904Expert
There may be a clause within the strata managers agency agreement authorising them to make payments of this nature.
Section 46 of the Act talks about payments to members of the strata committee however that is generally more in relation to their services (i.e. time).
It’s not uncommon for Committee Members to be reimbursed for minor costs like going to bunnings and buying some mmulch (for example). That would generally be authorised by the Committee or the Treasurer.
For the avoidance of doubt I’d recommend that those reimbursements be done by resolution at a strata committee meeting (even if they are just decisions ratified at a later point) for the records.
Perhaps you could put a motion to your strata committee regarding this issue. For example, one that decides that no reimbursement is made unless resolved by resolution at a strata committee meeting.May 30, 2020 at 7:34 am #229984Amanda FarmerExpert
+1 to ts1904 above, and in relation to your question about silence: no, it does not = consent. Unless the strata manager said (for example) “If no one objects within 48 hours I will make the reimbursement”.
Amanda.June 10, 2020 at 8:51 am #230665FernandaMember
My question: Why should a committee member/s have the power to use Owners Corporation’s money to do as they wish in a Strata Scheme? We know that to complain about it, it cost money to the Strata Scheme because the Strata Manager charges for reading the email, not mentioning having a meeting to amend repairs that were done without consent from the OC members.
The whole system is created for people to abuse the system. Who is accountable for levies going up without showing any benefit for the whole?
Thanks Amanda, hope that people in Strata wake up and demand more from Fair Trading that is the Regulator.June 13, 2020 at 5:01 pm #230975Amanda FarmerExpert
While the strata committee can make decisions about day to day matters – including spending money on repair and maintenance of the common property – they are restricted from making decisions on matters that our legislation reserves to the general meeting. This includes:
– setting levies
– appointing a strata manager
– making improvements to the common property
– engaging a building manager
– approving major renovations by lot owners (ie: work requiring a special resolution).
These are all matters that must go to a general meeting for determination.
You’re right that most people do not realise how much power their strata committees actually have. That is why it’s so important to ensure that the right people are elected to the committee.
Amanda.June 14, 2020 at 4:45 am #231004FernandaMember
I believe that we should go back to the past were Lot owners have a say in their Strata Schemes instead of now where 75% of Investors can do as they wish with owners corporation money and there is nothing we can do about it.
According to Fair Trading that’s democracy working on Strata Schemes to me is letting Rip offs and bullying take place with its consent.
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