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    I am in Canberra and wanted to get peoples’ views on what may be something dodgy being done by a strata manager. The strata manager was made aware of some structural issues within a unit complex and proceeded to insist that a specific company (who doesn’t appear to have much of an online footprint) be given the subsequent work to complete, against the owners specific wishes not to use that company.

    Owners then had to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars towards this work but are not being provided with any information or transparency about what is being done with their money, despite questions being asked.

    Recently, someone mentioned that the same strata manager and the same company are claiming that another unit complex needs huge amounts of work done to it (costing them a fortune) and that the work will be done by the same said company. The owners apparently are doubtful that the damage is as bad as the strata manager says it is and are dealing with the same lack of transparency and overall shadiness.

    What is going on here – is this a rort? What action can owners take to protect themselves, their property and their money?

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    Im no expert, but I would be asking the strata manager for all correspondance between the manager and the company. I would be asking for the assessments made, and quotes provided, by the company. I would be asking for itemised reciepts for any charges.

    You could also always get a second opinion from a builder to assess the work and proivide an opinion on costs.

    To note, if the owners did not want to proceed with this company who made the decision in the end, was it the executive comitee? You should probably look into how decisions are made in you scheme and what functions you have delegated to the strata manager.

    But again, im definately no expert and new to strata myself. Hope someone else can provide further insights.



    Do you have a compulsory strata manager appointed by any chance?

    If so they probably don’t need the owners approval and and they can use who they want to effect the repairs.

    If not then generally approval from the owners would normally be required for large scale repairs and special levies, subject to the strata managers contract terms.

    Rumors abound in strata so I would not read to much into the rort theory although having said that it’s always possible.



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