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  • #63593
    grannymac
    Flatchatter

    The (professional?) strata managers, with the approval of self-interested committee, are charging me over $400 to post three pages (probably not double-sided print) to fellow members (who don’t have email address) my explanation of items I have placed on upcoming AGM agenda. The requested invoice provides no additional information of number of owners etc.  I have been fobbed off on raising the basic agenda item for over three years. They definitely don’t want it to be heard. Is this actually allowable? What possible redress to recover this money do I have?

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  • #63609
    Flame Tree (Qld)
    Flatchatter

    Sounds like you need to request access to do a body corporate records search and go looking for your Manager’s agreement if they won’t give this to you, which should detail additional costs, on a likely per page production cost and might say who pays.

    Typically these things are done on a cost recovery basis so need to be justified, and able to be challenged if considered excessive (by you at face value, or someone authoritive (sp?) should it go that far).

    The $400 sounds dear but you don’t say how many units are in your building, and they aren’t saying who hasn’t provided email contact.

    Another way for you to see all this is to request a Owner’s Roll data list which will likely come at a reasonable cost but likely much less than your $400 and would then allow you part or full list contact with other owners about your current issue or things that arise in time.

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    #63608
    Just Asking
    Flatchatter

    Your explanation, up to 300 words per item, should be able to be included with the meeting notice and thus no additional postage costs to the owner proposing items for the agenda.

    if it is too late to do this, you could obtain addresses from the Strata Roll and distribute the information yourself. Strata managing agents will charge schedule fees as per their contract for each page copied, each envelope and each postal item which yield a profit to them.

    #63620
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    Your explanation, up to 300 words per item, should be able to be included with the meeting notice and thus no additional postage costs to the owner proposing items for the agenda.

    Absolutely correct. Cut back your points to the 300 words permitted by the legislationand resubmit.  Put your other arguments on a Facebook page or suchlike and give readers of your document the URLs.  Apart from anything else, most owners won’t read a three-page document anyway.

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