Motions with Alternatives: When 2 into 1 Must Go

Motions with Alternatives: When 2 into 1 Must Go

The ‘ands’ versus the ‘ors’ Unfortunately, many AGM agendas contain motions whereby different proposals are bundled into the one motion.  Owners are provided with only one choice even though they may wish to say YES to one proposal and NO to another.  These motions offend both common sense and common law – and they do…
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Strata Spending – GST May Be the Tipping Point

Strata Spending – GST May Be the Tipping Point

11.1: Spending Controls: GST may be the tipping point Many questions should be considered before approving any expenditure. Understandably, the BCCM legislation places many checks and balances on the expenditure of owners’ funds, whether it be from the administrative fund or the sinking fund. Both the body corporate and the committee are subject to a…
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Can Voting Papers separate the motion from the voting?

Can Voting Papers separate the motion from the voting?

UOAQ has been alerted to a practice where general meeting papers (for either an annual general meeting or an extraordinary general meeting) contain two sets of ‘voting papers’: One set, headed Voting Papers, includes the motions in full together with the explanatory notes etc but with no boxes for voting YES NO    Clearly, owners…
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Bundling Motions for General Meetings

Bundling Motions for General Meetings

2.7: TWO INTO ONE WON’T GO Separate Matters Require Separate Motions Many unit owners would be familiar with the statutory motions which must be included in the agenda for each AGM, e.g. body corporate accounts, audits, auditors, annual budgets, levies etc. One of the required statutory motions is a motion to review each insurance policy…
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Extension of Caretakers’ Contract – Not an Automatic Right

Extension of Caretakers’ Contract – Not an Automatic Right

You May Want a Top-Up? We May Say No…Maybe Times are a’changing It used to be the norm for owners to automatically grant requests by their caretaker for an extension to the agreement with the body corporate, long before expiration of their 10- or 25-year contract. Not much thought was given to the matter, and…
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Planning for Audits in Bodies Corporate

Planning for Audits in Bodies Corporate

5.3: Audits, Auditors and Planning for the Unexpected….Carefully First… A Touch of History We recently published an article about the value of planning for a substitute auditor 5.2:Audits, Auditors & Planning for the Unexpected.  We cautioned bodies corporate to tread lightly with this initiative, to ensure their best intentions to avoid one problem did not…
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