A lot owner from QLD is wondering what has happened to the body corp community in their scheme. Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal provides the following response.
Question: What happened to body corp community? I am frustrated with my committee’s apathy. The common property is not maintained and there is no communication. As an owner, how can I address these issues?
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I have recently bought into a small unit apartment block in Brisbane. I am the sole owner occupier in the block.
I am trying to find out a number of things from our Strata managers. This is mostly regarding common property maintenance which is, in my opinion, abysmal with me now undertaking most of the gardening work. Believe me, I am no gardener and do not want to be.
I asked if there was a gardener under contract. Response was “no contract” with an ad hoc arrangement entered into by a previous owner (apparently). I’m told the gardener comes and cuts lawn. I find this response strange as there is no lawn, only a nature strip which takes about 5 minutes to mow. Residents are responsible for their own courtyards. So what happens when the courtyard is overgrown into the common property or vice versa?
I have no idea how much we pay this gardener or how often he comes. Who then is responsible? There are a lot of trees on the property and they constantly drop twigs and branches. I attempt to keep the block looking tidy. There are trees on the common property which are now encroaching over a boundary fence into my exclusive use courtyard.
I am getting so frustrated with the committee’s apathy, not only failing to maintain the common property in a reasonable standard but also in avoiding to engage in any meaningful discussion with me, as an owner, as to how we can address this issue.
I have never encountered this in previous properties I have lived in and owned.
What has happened to good old body corp community? How can I ensure that my investment in my home is not devalued by this committee?
Answer: Get involved.
This one is simple
The world is run by those who show up, so if you are the only boots on the ground, take control and manage the affairs of the body corporate the way you want them managed. Don’t expect others to do the job you want done. Own it.
That will then out you in control of the value of your investment (and yes, those of the other owners).
This post appears in Strata News #185.
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