A NSW committee member would like to know how to improve communications within the strata committee. Rod Smith, The Strata Collective provides the following response.
Question: I’m secretary of our strata committee and the chairperson refuses to communicate about upcoming structural changes. How can we improve communications?
I am the secretary of a strata committee and the chairperson has been in charge of structural change required to comply with a fire upgrade. He is not answering my calls or texts in relation to obtaining more information about the changes.
There has been very little communication within the committee and I’ve found out by accidentally stumbling across a builder on-site, that decisions have been made about material choices.
What can I do?
Answer: Call a Meeting to discuss these issues with the entire committee to make sure that all members are in agreement regarding the course of action.
This is an excellent question. The Secretary should call a Strata Committee Meeting to discuss these issues with the entire committee to make sure that all Strata Committee members are in agreement regarding the course of action.
I would suggest that the scope of works, quotations and any council orders be provided to all members of the strata committee prior to the meeting. The builder should also attend the meeting to discuss any questions.
I would suggest that you engage both the chairperson and the strata manager to put together the agenda. This will ensure that they are also informed of the requirement of the other members of the strata committee to improve communications and transparency.
It is likely that a strata manager will have experience with dealing with fire matters and they would likely be a good resource for your strata committee moving forward.
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- Decisions of the Strata Committee
This post appears in Strata News #272.
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