More on a Legislative Paradox of Power

As with the chairperson, the serving committee has its hands unnecessarily tied. It has, in most places, considerable restrictions on spending money and fixing problems.

It does not have the necessary power to start legal proceedings when a blue is on and, in some cases, to get legal advice to avoid one if that’s what’s needed. It can’t amend by-laws to be reasonable and responsive to the issues and grievances committee members are elected to resolve. The committee will have limits imposed on its ability to spend money and choose the contractors that undertake work about the common property.

These relatively normal freedoms in the corporate and not for profit world are denied to the committees of strata communities. The law requires them in order to proceed on important issues to call a general meeting and obtain differing levels of resolution, from the uninvolved, disinterested and uninformed masses making up the remainder of the owners corporation. When three months of hard work in getting quotes to fix a leaking water membrane goes down the tube because the owners don’t want to spend money on something that doesn’t affect them on the lower floors even though the problem is one affecting common property another committee resigns in frustration and all their hard work and acquired knowledge goes with them.

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