Wa lot owners are wondering if a volunteer strata manager can be paid. Shane White, Strata Title Consult, provides the below response.
Question: I have been a volunteer strata manager for 15 years. Is there any kind of remuneration I could propose for myself to the committee at our next AGM?
We are in a small complex of 6 units and we are a self managed strata. I have been managing the accounts, auditing, maintenance, insurance, and pretty much everything else and it is very time consuming.
I have been doing this since 2004 and am wondering if there was any kind of remuneration I could propose for myself to the committee at our next AGM?
Answer: The new changes to the Strata Titles Act will allow for a maximum payment of $3000 per year for volunteer managers.
Volunteer strata managers have an important job within the strata scheme but with that position comes great responsibility. Your other owners will expect the same service as that provided by a Strata Management company.
Regulated Strata Managers will be required to have certain educational qualifications and a National Criminal Records search. Any offences relating to property or dishonesty offence will preclude a person from being a Strata Manager, this includes Volunteer Strata Managers.
The new changes to the Strata Titles Act will allow for a maximum payment of $3000 per year for volunteer managers. Of course, you will need to negotiate the fee for your services and a lot will depend on the size of the strata scheme. Your proposed fee could be included in the Agenda as a budget item.
It would be advisable to have a contract drawn up which specifies your responsibilities as a Volunteer Strata Manager. You will also need to have the latest copy of the Strata Titles Act and the Regulations, your fellow owners will expect you to be proficient in both.
More information can be found in the New Amendments in the Act at sections 143 to 155 inclusive and in the New Regulations at clause 90 to 102.
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This post appears in Strata News #387.
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