Monthly Archives: May 2014
It’s easy when you have a compliance policy, checklists for critical compliance tasks and consultants reports to tell you what to do, to think that everything is alright in paradise, when the truth is you don’t know what’s actually being done. It is only when someone circles back around to do some spot checks that we find out the reality of our commitment to compliance. The best checklist in the world is of no use if not completed or if completed in a perfunctory way.
Amendments to strata title laws over the years have made it possible to accommodate a mix of uses in the one structure.
For example, an underground car park may be strata titled with the car parks owned separately and including a commercial car park operation whilst a three level club sits on top sandwiched by the car park below and residential tower above, itself strata titled. In this way the owners of different types of property some strata titled and perhaps some parts of the property that is not, can be segregated into different owners corporations and share the costs of their particular type of property without burdening others within the same structure with these costs. Each of the owners corporations or separate owners within these complex developments then share some basic overriding costs such as the insurance of the whole of the structure.
Laws that make this type of development possible have contributed significantly to the regeneration of our underutilised inner city precincts and commercially abandoned wharves. It is not uncommon now to see these converted into thriving café and retail sectors with hotels and boutique offices commercially underpinned by the residential community within.
Why do our lawmakers on the one hand stipulate for self-governance of our strata communities and on the other deny the willing the powers necessary to do the job? Is it because they are volunteers? Is it because they are untrained? Is it because we can’t trust the people and must save them from themselves? It’s all of this and it is our fault.
We hold our politicians accountable for everything that goes wrong in our lives and as a consequence they pass laws that try to protect us from ourselves. We should be more careful what we wish for. Laws made in the name of the responsible management of common property are so designed for the lowest common denominator that they actually promote irresponsibility.