If you’ve bought into a strata property environment, you’re likely aware of the strata committee. You may have even considered joining yourself. But what does a strata committee actually do? In this article, we’ll look at the key functions of the strata committee and its members.
What is the strata committee?
The strata committee is typically appointed by the Owners Corporation to help it make key decisions. So, while the Owners Corporation is made up of all lot owners, it’s not necessary to bring every single lot owner into every small decision that needs to be made.
For example, approving expenditure for the daily running of the scheme. If it’s a matter of choosing and hiring a gardener, the entire Owners Corporation doesn’t need to be involved. So, the committee makes the decision on behalf of all owners.
Members of the strata committee aren’t paid for the work they do, making it a voluntary position.
What does the strata committee do?
As mentioned above, they assist with the daily operation of the strata scheme. This can include approval of standard expenses, hiring contractors, dealing with insurance, approving applications (such as those for renovations), and also issuing notices to comply with by-laws.
Essentially, the committee is there to handle the day-to-day running of the strata scheme, however, it’s important to note that they aren’t all-powerful. The Owners Corporation can overrule committee decisions, which is practical because the committee is only made up of a small number of owners.
Who can join a strata committee?
Each strata committee will look a little different in terms of size. It really depends on the size of the scheme and how many people the Owners Corporation wants on it. However, there can’t be more than nine members on any strata committee.
In small strata schemes with only two properties, each property must be represented by one person on the committee. In schemes comprised of 100 or more properties, you must have at least three committee members.
Basically, any lot owner can join the committee as long as they don’t have any overdue fees. Also excluded are the building manager, agents who lease property within the strata, and anybody connected to the original owner or developer (unless this is disclosed in writing).
How is the strata committee filled?
Strata committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), so you need to nominate before that time. All members cast their votes, and the committee is chosen from there. It’s important to note that the committee will need to assign specific office bearer jobs such as Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, so if you have the appropriate skills, you may wish to nominate for a particular position or just to be on the general committee.
Need help managing your strata scheme?
While committees are great and certainly necessary to ensure lot owners’ interests are all represented, the role is very much voluntary. This can lead to things falling through the cracks or key issues not being addressed in a timely manner. If you need assistance in ensuring your strata scheme runs smoothly, contact More Than Strata today. We’re here to help. Our service is flexible, whether you need someone to essentially run everything on your behalf or you’re happy to manage some aspects of the community yourself, we have the right solution for you.