Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Strata Schemes "an Australian postal address"

Wow just been told by NSW Fair Trading someone screwed up Nov 2016 update and left the word "Australian" for postal address requirement.

1 in 20 Australians currently live overseas and some of these would most likely be property owners so even though we can have "electronic communications" and attend AGM's via skype or electronic polling.....the AGM notices can ONLY be sent via mail to an Australian registered address according to Strata Schemes Management Act Sec 178

Who do we contact in NSW parliament to get this act changed by legislation and how much is this screwup going to cost taxpayers?

178   Content of strata roll
(1) Information about lots The following information must be recorded in the strata roll in relation to a particular lot in the strata scheme:
(a)  the name of the holder of the estate in fee simple in the lot (in the case of a freehold strata scheme) or the holder of the leasehold estate in the lot (in the case of a leasehold strata scheme),
(b)  an address for service of notices,
(c)  an Australian postal address, and an email address if the holder has one, if not provided as the address for service,
(d)  the name of the holder’s agent (if any) appointed in accordance with this Act and the agent’s address for service of notices,
(e)  information provided under a strata interest notice,
(f)  information provided under a tenancy notice.

lol so you can have an AGM meeting via Skype.....but you have to get the notice about the meeting via Australian post snail mail only....

Electronic communications 
The owners corporation can decide how meetings are to be held and the method of voting.
This includes enabling voting and/or meeting participation through technology such as email, teleconference, video conference calls and the use of voting websites. Pre-meeting electronic voting is another option that owners corporations can choose to allow.

What a mess.......

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