When and Why do Some Strata Management Committees Dysfunctional

Strata Management Melbourne

At Strata Consultants Melbourne we speak with and sit down with strata management Committees day in and day out. It’s our job and for the most part it’s exciting to be out and about visiting new strata buildings and meeting new people.

Above all else – we always appreciate the work of lot owners who put up their hand and volunteer their time to keep the buildings up and running.

Being a strata management Committee Member is often thankless job – on top of which it is an unpaid and afterhours position. But someone has to do it –OR otherwise buildings and body corporates don’t work.

Our view is that ALL owners in strata titled buildings should take an active interest in their building.

In an ideal world all owners would attend their Annual General Meetings and in that ideal world all owners would take turns in volunteering as Committee Members. However, that we acknowledge that is not always possible as there always be owners who are working, away for work, caring for family members, interstate, overseas, or just uninterested and happy to take a backseat approach.


Strata Management Committee Members

Strata Managers right across Melbourne rely upon the instructions and directions of their body corporate Committees in performing their duties. (In turn strata management Committee rely upon their Strata Managers for advice and guidance on owners corporation legislation, building and maintenance, and the day to day running of their strata management).

Committee Members are elected to act in the best interests of all lot owners within the owners corporation. The key driver in the decisions and actions of Committee Members should be the betterment of the building and owners corporation for the benefit of owners.

It is more often than not when Committee Members deviate from this overarching mandate that issues arise.

This and coupled with the fact that Committees are inherently not easy (on that note, human relations are not easy; putting two people in the same often results in at least one difference of opinion).


Our List of Top 9 Reasons for Issues Arising in Strata Management Committees

  • Inability to set aside personal differences amongst Committee Members
  • Grudges and grievances between Committee Members and/or Owners
  • Hidden financial incentives or want for personal gain
  • Lack of understanding of strata legislation / accounting & budgeting / building maintenance
  • Unwillingness to back down or concede mistakes
  • The notion that legal avenues offer the best remedies or a penchant to involve lawyers / VCAT
  • Non-attendance at meetings or inactivity
  • Complacency
  • Ego


Time to Change Management Companies?

Strata Consultants Melbourne has been helping and guiding Committees on how to change owners corporation management companies since January 2014. We guide you through the process of changing body corporate management company and everything is done according to the body corporate rules and regulations. Speak to a Strata Consultant about changing owners corporation managers on 1300 917 848.



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