Owners Corporation Management Companies
Owners Corporation Victoria (Management Companies) aka ‘OC Managers’ aka ‘formerly Body Corporate Managers’ contract their professional services to their clients (owners corporations) through a contract.
In Victoria, owners corporation managers may or may not elect to be a member of professional industry body. The two most common and recognised professional industry bodies are:
– The REIV (Owners Corporation chapter)
The first owners corporations Victoria professional body was established by Brian McGrath and a few others – the Institute of Strata Title Managers; which would the SCA (Vic). As the owners corporation management industry in Victoria matured (and a lot of the buildings started to show their age) – it became clear:
- Building maintenance and repairs was needed;
- It feel to the OC manager to co-ordinate a lot of the back-end work when it came to buildings maintenance and repairs i.e. discussing with owners / Committees, gaining OC resolutions to raise funds, sending out special levies, chasing up special levies, getting quotes and discussions with trades / contractors, overseeing the work.
- A lot of this work was:
- Time intensive and consuming for the OC manager; and
- Sat outside of the normal scope / year to year / day to day running of the building and OC management duties (See Schedule 2.1 in the below).
- The OC managers in Victoria then started to quickly realise that as they were dedicating a lot of their time to rectifying/updating/repairing/maintaining these buildings for their clients – they should in turn charge for this additional service (See Schedule 2.2 in the below).
‘Contracts of Appointment’ / ‘Management Agreements’ that Owners Corporations in Victoria are party to
From our 10+ years of working with and sitting down with Committees of owners corporations in Victoria, we estimate that 70-90% of owners corporation managers in Victoria either:
- Use the SCA (Vic) contract of appointment template; or
- Use a variation (and sometimes unauthorised variation) of the SCA (Vic) contract of appointment template.
This templated contract of appointment has undergone many revisions and updates over the years:
Should Committees and owners corporations in Victoria be daunted by this contract of appointment?
The typical owners corporation management contract in Victoria sits at 18 to 21 pages… which ever way you slice it – that’s a lot of pages for a volunteer OC Committee to digest, read, and understand.
Are all pages necessary? Perhaps.
Could the contract of appointment be shortened and simplified? Most definitely and many of our trusted Owners Corporations Management Companies in Victoria have indeed done just that.
Why aren’t more contracts of appointments / OC management agreements more simpler, straightforward, and less confusing? Well probably for a number of reasons:
– The ‘it always been that way’ mentality and looking around everyone does that and uses that so we will do that and use that.
– It costs time or money to draft a new OC management contract i.e. the OC manager needs to dictate the time and effort or they need to engage a lawyer to draft it.
Owners corporation Victoria management contracts – Schedule 2.1 professional body corporate services
What does the ‘professional owners corporation management’ services fee in Victoria include and encompass?
Owners corporation Victoria management contracts – Schedule 2.2 additional services
What doesn’t the ‘professional owners corporation management’ services fee in Victoria include and encompass?
Owners corporation Victoria management contracts – Schedule 2.3 disbursements
What are the types of out-of-pocket ‘on-costs’ that owners corporation management companies in Victoria on-charge to OCs?
Areas for Committees to pay extra attention to when reviewing and negotiating OC management contracts
Does your Committee / OC need helping to review a contract of appoint or re-negotiate your OC management contract?
Since January 2014, we’ve spent our working days and evenings sitting down with OC Committees to discuss their various issues, concerns, and consider viable solutions. We work for and with OC Committees – we understand that being a volunteer Committee whilst it enables the running of your building still is and remains a volunteer position.
In 2023, buildings are complex, OC politics aren’t always easy, and sometimes compounding matters is a less-than-helpful OC manager.
If your Committee needs help to reviewing the management (and contracts of appointments / OC management agreements) of your Tier 1, 2, & 3 building – speak to us. We can be contacted via email at email@example.com or on 1300-917-848.
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