This article is about engaging a body corporate manager.
Table of Contents:
- QUESTION: If we are looking at replacing our Strata Managers at the upcoming AGM, should this be held at the office of the current managers?
- QUESTION: It would be great for committee’s to be able to ‘rate’ their body corporate managers and for these ratings to be available to potential clients.
Question: If we are looking at replacing our Strata Managers at the upcoming AGM, should this be held at the office of the current managers?
We are having our AGM at the end of October. One of the Motions is to possibly replace the Strata Management Company. Is there a conflict of Interest if the AGM is held in the Office of the Strata Management company and there are no observers to ensure the count of votes are correct and proper. Shouldn’t this be held in a community building with observers (Lot owners) to ensure validity?
Answer: I don’t see an issue with the location of the meeting provided it was approved by the strata committee and is accessible to owners.
I don’t see an issue with the location of the meeting provided it was approved by the strata committee and is accessible to owners.
Votes cast (not in a secret ballot) are part of the body corporate records so any declared vote can be checked if required and challenged if incorrect.
Owners, including yourself, should attend the meeting to vote and help ensure a transparent process is followed.
This post appears in Strata News #416.
Question: It would be great for committee’s to be able to ‘rate’ their body corporate managers and for these ratings to be available to potential clients.
I would like to see an ability for users of the services of body corporate managers to be able to ‘rate’ the managers, and that these ratings are able to be viewed by potential clients. Somebody corporate managers are not very competent, and some are very competent. Why reward the less competent?
Answer: Consider a short term agreement to enable you to assess whether you and the body corporate manager are a good fit for each other.
Selecting a Body Corporate Manager
A body corporate can engage a body corporate manager to supply administrative services to the body corporate.
In Queensland body corporate managers are not required to be licensed and there are no formal training requirements or qualifications needed to be a body corporate manager.
Would you buy an apartment without the usual pre-purchase enquiries; would you employ someone without requesting references? So why engage a body corporate manager without making proper enquiries?
It’s all about ‘due diligence’. It’s not just about price. Decide what you want from a body corporate manager; establish a criteria (call it a tender specification if you like); invite interested parties to quote against the criteria (so you are comparing like with like); and request the names and contact details in at least two bodies corporate which the tenderer has provided body corporate services. Then conduct your background enquiries.
Beware of committing to a long term agreement. Consider a short term agreement to enable you to assess whether you and the body corporate manager are a good fit for each other.
Shamelessly . . . at Tower Body Corporate believe we will be the perfect fit for you. Visit our website for information about us and check out our article on how to change body corporate managers.
Please refer to: Body corporate manager – Queensland Government
This post appears in Strata News #400.
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