A Qld lot owner would like to know what power a body corporate member has over strata information displayed on the noticeboard.
Table of Contents:
- QUESTION: If Committee meetings notices are published on a “community” website, does this satisfy the legislative requirement for the display of the Notices on the noticeboard?
- QUESTION: What rights does a member of the committee have to remove, or prohibit a lot owner from displaying, strata information on the noticeboard?
Question: If Committee meetings notices are published on a “community” website, does this satisfy the legislative requirement for the display of the Notices on the noticeboard?
Our Committee never displays the Notices of pending Committee meetings on our notice board. This failure to display such notices has been occurring for many years.
Does the use of a “community” website whereby Notices for pending Committee meetings are published satisfy the legislated obligation to display such notices on our common property notice board?
Does the Covid-19 Emergency Response Amendment Act 2020, or some other legislation, provide for the bypassing of the legislative requirement for the display of these Notices as per Schedule 4 of BUGTA?
Provisions applying to committees and office bearers
A committee shall cause a noticeboard to be affixed to some part of the common property.
Answer: An electronic copy would not strictly meet the requirements of BUGTA
I presume that the body corporate is regulated by the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980? If so, schedule 4 requires a noticeboard to be affixed to common property and committee meeting agendas to be attached to the noticeboard at least 24 hours prior to a meeting.
Given the requirement relates to being attached to a noticeboard, an electronic copy would not strictly meet the requirements of BUGTA. The COVID regulations have not affected this requirement.
However, if the alternate method is just as effective and no lot owners suffer any detriment, I do not see a referee making any orders about the noticeboard’s use.
This post appears in Strata News #518.
Question: What rights does a member of the committee have to remove, or prohibit a lot owner from displaying, strata information on the noticeboard?
Assuming nothing to the contrary in the by-laws, is there any type of notice relating to the affairs of the body corporate that a lot owner is prohibited from placing on the noticeboard? This is assuming of course that the information displayed isn’t defamatory.
What rights if any does a member of the Committee or any other lot owner have to remove such strata information?
Answer: The body corporate must act reasonably.
In the absence of a by-law, there are no rules around how a noticeboard is to be administered.
The Module simply allows for the body corporate to ‘maintain’ the noticeboard. So in theory, the committee has the power to choose what is and isn’t displayed, but must act reasonably in making those decisions.
This post appears in Strata News #247.
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