Proxy Farming Under the New NSW Strata Law

Savina YangApril 27th, 2017

What is proxy farming? If you happen to live in a strata title property, you may have heard of “proxy farming”, “proxy harvesting” or “stacking votes”. These terms all describe a process whereby one or more owners (a.k.a. the proxy farmers) of a strata scheme approach or persuade other owners, who are generally less active […]

How to legally record a strata meeting

Amanda FarmerAugust 30th, 2016

We have previously written about the recording of strata meetings using a recording device. I also covered it in episodes 020 and 024 of my podcast. Further to those posts, if you do want to record your strata meeting using a recording device, I recommend resolving a motion at the beginning of your meeting. Here is […]

The Power of an Executive Committee to Settle Proceedings on behalf of the Owners Corporation

Bianca BarryAugust 30th, 2016

In the case of The Owners- Strata Plan No 57164 v Yau [2016] recently decided in the Supreme Court of NSW, an Owners Corporation attempted to argue that a decision of the executive committee to settle proceedings was invalid, on the basis that the executive committee meeting at which the decision was made was not […]

To record or not to record? A strata living dilemma

Hallie WarnockJune 29th, 2016

Nowadays, almost everyone has a smart phone which can record conversations at the press of a button. The dilemma of whether to ‘record or not to record’ sometimes arises for strata owners in the context of a strata meeting. During strata meetings (whether annual general meetings, extraordinary general meetings or committee meetings), important matters are […]

Voting on behalf of a corporate lot owner

Bianca BarryJune 29th, 2015

A corporate strata lot owner is entitled to appoint a company nominee to vote on its behalf at general meetings (Sch 2, cl 10, Strata Schemes Management Act). That person must be shown on the strata roll. What if that person is unavailable to attend a meeting? Can they then appoint someone to vote on […]

Strata meetings: tips and tricks

Amanda FarmerSeptember 19th, 2013

Read this article by Amanda Farmer and Robert Van Aalst before convening or attending your next strata meeting.

If you are involved in community living, whether strata, company title or community association, lot owner or resident, you are, in one way or another, connected to or involved with meetings.

General meetings, and the way in which they are run, can make or break communities. They deal with day to day business, as well as specific items, including the raising of special levies for important projects, or the registration of new by-laws.