Body Corporate

Contributed By: Short Punch & Greatorix on

Some time ago I published an article on what I thought was reasonable for a Body Corporate to request from a buyer of management rights, in considering whether or not a Body Corporate committee should consent to the transfer of management rights agreements to the buyer. This is an important issue, because under the Body Corporate and Community Management legislation, a Body Corporate committee must not unreasonably withhold approval to a transfer. Under the legislation, one of the matters which a Body Corporate committee may have regard to is the financial standing of the proposed transferee.  My opinion as expressed in my previous article wasRead More →

Contributed By: Hynes Legal on

If you don’t know whether the cladding on your building is combustible (or to use the less scary word – non-conforming), you are soon going to be forced to find out. The issue over what cladding has been used on buildings crystallised after the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK in 2017.  Australia’s equivalent (without the horrific loss of life in Grenfell) was the Lacrosse Tower fire in Melbourne in 2014. The ABC’s Four Corners covered the issue in this excellent episode. Since then the wheels of respective state governments have turned very slowly.  Victoria has their cladding task force and has now come up with a rectification solution that will allow lot ownersRead More →

I frequently speak with managers who are frustrated by the standard of service offered up by so-called specialists in Management Rights, who in reality, have limited experience and knowledge of this industry and result in unnecessary professional fees and cost blowouts. Existing “industry accreditation programs” appear to me as little more than pay-for-play operations that exist purely to sell magazine advertising, where anyone can be ‘accredited’ if they simply open their chequebook. This doesn’t help our industry, in my opinion, as such we have set out to develop a program that has complete financial independence and is entirely merit based, as measured by the managementRead More →

Contributed By: Short Punch & Greatorix on

Every day, we read of the power that is wielded by elected persons around the world, either as a result of our democratic process or somebody engineering themselves into being the head of government. It is an interesting concept of democracy that we are all willing to exercise a voting right to put a person in power and then that power can be wielded with quite a degree of discretion and decision making by that person. Then you get the complete opposite where a government will not move to make a decision without a referendum or a plebiscite from the people giving it a directionRead More →

Contributed By: Lisa Rutland from MyBodyCorpReport.com.au on

I spend all day, every day, reading body corporate records; lucky me. The business conducted by each scheme differs wildly but there are several core things that majority schemes do. Termite inspections is one of them. The BCCM Act doesn’t explicitly require that a body corporate do regular termite inspections. As is usually the case the applicable legislation is far broader than focussing on the one issue. Section 159 of the Standard Module requires the body corporate to maintain common property in good condition. If the scheme is a Building Format Plan (BFP) legislation requires the body corporate must go a step further. Section 159(2)Read More →

We are thrilled to launch our Industry Recommended Professional program! Below is a Q&A explaining the program, its benefits and how it works. What Is the Industry Recommended Professional program? Our industry has entered an age where the quantity of suppliers is great, but often the quality of work offered is not. Managers and prospective managers expend considerable time and money in their efforts to source professional service providers who understand this industry and specialise in it. The Industry Recommended Professional program allows such service providers to rapidly and easily distinguish themselves as authorities both trusted, and respected in our Management Rights industry. It isRead More →

I recently had an interesting discussion with one of our managers, lets call him Geoff, whose Body Corporate committee had very generously advised him they were concerned he was being underpaid. Our manager asked me how much remuneration I thought a manager of a complex of his size and location should be paid… and I’m embarrassed to say, all I could do was shrug my shoulders. You see although I’ve worked in this industry for over a decade, speak to dozens of onsite managers every day, and am a licenced letting agent myself… The truth is, I personally, have never worked as a caretaker andRead More →

Contributed By: The Onsite Manager on

When running a management rights business, it’s so easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day that you forget you’re not just an employee doing a job, but in fact a business owner and investor. It’s understandable – if you’re spending all your time listening to complaints and getting covered in bin juice, it’s not hard to lose sight of the reason you first went into management rights: to enjoy a better work-life balance, to semi-retire, or to build a nest egg off of your letting pool income. Unfortunately, there’s no secret get-rich-quick method to running an effective, profitable management rights business. But thereRead More →

Contributed By: Small Myers Hughes Solicitors on

Licensing A NSW owners corporation may engage a licensed strata managing agent to help manage their strata scheme. Unlike the position in Queensland, only a person who is licensed (under the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002) can be appointed. What are their responsibilities? An owners corporation can choose the responsibilities of their appointed strata managing agent in negotiating the contract with them (apart from where the owners corporation’s powers cannot be delegated). A strata managing agent cannot: delegate their powers, authorities, duties or functions to others; set the contributions to be paid by the owners; make a decision on a restricted matter (aRead More →