Welcome to Body Corporate Matters
OCN JOIN AUSTRALIAN OWNERS NETWORKTuesday, October 29th 2013
The people behind www.bodycorporatematters.com.au, Garry Maynard and Mary McLean have joined Owners Corporation Network, the national organisation for unit owners. We encourage readers of this website to consider joining this owners' self-help and advocacy group as well.
OCN started in New South Wales in 2002 by unit owners who had problems and issues to do with their own complexes. Garry and Mary have been in contact with them ever since that time and we are impressed by the credibility they have achieved in their State..
OCN are widely consulted b the New South Wales government and their submissions on all sorts of matters affecting unit owners have been well considered and presented professionally. OCN have thousands of members in New South Wales and have members in all types and sizes of complexes, both resident owners and investor owners. Their member forums seem worthwhile and we plan to help them with Queensland content and input
We intend to help OCN Queensland members to achieve the same reputation for professional owner advocacy. Garry was invited in 2012 by the Qld Attorney General to represent the interests of unit owners in quarterly stakeholder meetings with the Queensland government. He and Mary will now represent the OCN at those meetings and report back to members and supporters.
People can find out more about OCN through their website www.ocn.org.au
Choosing a New Body Corporate ManagerThursday, October 17th 2013
Choosing a New Body Corporate Manager
The day-to-day management of a strata complex works best when there is a friendly, harmonious relationship between Committees and their Body Corporate Manager. Occasionally there are personality conflicts or business service issues that cannot be resolved by negotiation with the parties. If you are having trouble getting along with the particular person in your strata company who has been allocated to your complex, we suggest you ask the body corporate management company to change to another person. It is is reasonably common to have personality conflicts with particular individuals and mature people realise that we all have aspects of our own specific personalities that can make it difficult for us to get along with a few people sometimes. No one is perfect and we simply cannot get along with every single person in the world
If the conflict is not to do with clashing personalities and is based by continuing poor performance or sloppy administration and continues after your committee has complained repeatedly, a change in body corporate management may be the best answer.
The key to changing body corporate management is to read your existing contract carefully to find the current end date and the procedure to terminate or end the current contract. It may be possible to negotiate with the exissting company to end the arrangement, however this can be difficult. Our experience has been that the worst performing companies are the ones who make it the most difficult for clients to be rid of!
If you are considering changing your body corporate management, we at www.bodycorporatematters.com.au encourage you to look at the People We Know Like and Trust section of this website. We have listed several body corporate management companies who we believe are client-oriented and willing to co-operate with bodies corporate.
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