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By TimmyAct 19 August 2013 30

Hi,

I have lived in my townhouse for almost a year, which is inside a large open complex with a 12 standalone townhouses and communal carport/carpark.

Prior to buying the place, the executive committee and the body corporate had organised and funded to install a large security gate around the complex – which is opened by a small hand held remote control that each owner has.

The issue is that my unit, is behind the security gate. There is no intercomm system at all and visitors are forced to either resort to using mobiles, or waiting and hoping someone opens the gate by chance. Visitors can not physically knock on my door.

Three of the executive members live in units who’s front doors are street facing and not fenced off. A forth member rents theirs out and a fifth doesn’t seem to mind not having visotrs. We find the biggest issue is unexpected visitors, or visitors who does not have our phone number. I have since become an executive member, however my complaints and inconveniences go uncared for.

The owners corporation see to shrug off requests and complaints of this. I have read through the unit titles act and been unable to find anything. Is there a law that prevents visitor access to my front door? Is there a governing body that I can enquire to?

What’s Your opinion?


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mrs1948 5:16 pm 25 May 15

Can I ask … how does ACTEWAGL access your electricity meter to charge you for the electricity you use in your townhouse?

My mother lived in a townhouse complex and I swore I would never live in one, due to all the goings on with the Executive Committee. Sadly, most people in the complex complained about the EC but never wanted to replace them on the committee to change the dreadful things they had brought in. I would advise anyone contemplating buying a townhouse to read all the Minutes of the meetings thoroughly and ask questions before you do.

vulpior 10:26 am 23 Aug 13

You might find it useful to pose your question on the Flat Chat Forum at http://www.flat-chat.com.au/forum/

Henry82 11:16 am 21 Aug 13

I bet the fence was installed for a reason. Generally people don’t like spending money if they don’t have to.

Maybe get a posse together, and ask for the gate to lock on a timer. 8am-6pm it stays unlocked, then after that you require the remote/pin

davo101 9:51 am 21 Aug 13

Madam Cholet said :

Nope. It’s managed by a strata mob. They also own a unit in the complex tho. Unfortunately these are the things to come out in the wash!!

Oh my; I don’t think that’s even legal. Yes the owners corporation can employ a strata management agent but by definition they cannot also be a unit owner. If you’re still a owner I’d be contacting NSW Fair Trading to clarify this.

tim_c 9:06 am 21 Aug 13

Just prop the gate open, especially if you’re expecting visitors.

Evil_Kitten 6:57 pm 20 Aug 13

watto23 said :

Same with my BC. The 5-7 people who turn up to the AGM are often the executive. The only time we ever had complaints from the residents other owners was when we passed a rule that all fencing when replaced was to be done in colorbond. Mostly because people read it as having to do it now,especially landlords looking to avoid spending any further money.

The good thing is though usually only live in owners turn up to AGM’s and most of the things we do are for the benefit of people living there, like supply a skip bin twice a year for waste disposal. Yet you’d think getting people to understand basic parking and garbage bin rules should be easy but they are the most commonly violated rules and its difficult to enforce.

I think we live in the same complex.

Madam Cholet 4:35 pm 20 Aug 13

davo101 said :

Madam Cholet said :

Well in our case they decided they would sack the resort manager from his caretaking duties with no prior notice, other than being under the guise of contract negotiations which had apparently ‘broken down’ (but not according to the caretaker/manager).

Sounds suspiciously like a self-managed strata–personally I would not touch one of those with a barge pole.

Nope. It’s managed by a strata mob. They also own a unit in the complex tho. Unfortunately these are the things to come out in the wash!!

davo101 4:08 pm 20 Aug 13

Madam Cholet said :

Well in our case they decided they would sack the resort manager from his caretaking duties with no prior notice, other than being under the guise of contract negotiations which had apparently ‘broken down’ (but not according to the caretaker/manager).

Sounds suspiciously like a self-managed strata–personally I would not touch one of those with a barge pole.

Holden Caulfield 1:04 pm 20 Aug 13

FioBla said :

Sometimes they don’t come at all.

Is that grounds for a refund?

Madam Cholet 12:27 pm 20 Aug 13

watto23 said :

davo101 said :

Madam Cholet said :

Good luck is all I can say. We have to deal with an Executive Committee at our apartment in Merimbula and by golly do they have a bob on themselves. As it stands in NSW, and I would hazard a guess in the ACT, the decisions of the EC are final. The legislation says that when they make decisions, it is as if the whole complex made the decision. One would think that there would be provision in the legislation for adequate consultation prior to decisions being made, but actually no.

Well except for the bit where they have to be voted in, can’t make decisions that require resolutions at the general meeting, can be overridden by the owners’ corporation, have to give 72 hours notice of a meeting, have to let you attend and observe, and have to provide you with minutes after each meeting; then yes there is no consultation.

Madam Cholet said :

the ones who get themselves on to committees such as these are often nitwits to start with.

In the two strata schemes I’ve owned in the executive committee was everyone who could be arsed to turn up to the annual meeting.

Madam Cholet said :

the ones who get themselves on to committees such as these are often nitwits to start with.

In the two strata schemes I’ve owned in the executive committee was everyone who could be arsed to turn up to the annual meeting.

Same with my BC. The 5-7 people who turn up to the AGM are often the executive. The only time we ever had complaints from the residents other owners was when we passed a rule that all fencing when replaced was to be done in colorbond. Mostly because people read it as having to do it now,especially landlords looking to avoid spending any further money.

The good thing is though usually only live in owners turn up to AGM’s and most of the things we do are for the benefit of people living there, like supply a skip bin twice a year for waste disposal. Yet you’d think getting people to understand basic parking and garbage bin rules should be easy but they are the most commonly violated rules and its difficult to enforce.

Well in our case they decided they would sack the resort manager from his caretaking duties with no prior notice, other than being under the guise of contract negotiations which had apparently ‘broken down’ (but not according to the caretaker/manager). No amount of appealing would get through to them that this was a decision of some magnitude and that there should have been more consultation. Fortunately some other crap went down and stopped them in their tracks, enabling us to execute a new strategy and head them off at the pass. Phew!

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