Irrespective of whether you live in a high-rise apartment block in the CBD or a row of townhouses out in the suburbs, if you own a unit in a unit-titled complex, you are a member of a Body Corporate.
If there are ten or more units in a unit-titled complex, the Unit Titles Act says that you must elect a Committee. The role of the Committee largely depends on the Chairperson, the Body Corporate and the contracts it has with others; such as the Body Corporate Manager (BCM), and if applicable the Body Corporate Building Manager (BCBM). The Body Corporate should have a clear and agreed scope of works with both the BCM and the BCBM and not be afraid to review these annually.
Sometimes the Committee will be hands-on, sharing jobs around the development or monitoring compliance. Sometimes the Committee will be hands-off and totally reliant on the BCM to ensure the smooth running of the building. The key in our experience is for the Committee and the Body Corporate to firstly define how the building should function and how it creates its own identity.
How does the Body Corporate create this identity or community spirit? It considers the following:
- How do the people who live in it, visit it, or tend to its care, interact with its amenities?
- Are all of the building’s common areas being adequately maintained and with an eye to the future – how do you propose to enhance them?
- How is the Body Corporate financed year to year and cycle to cycle and how is all of this managed?
A development is more likely to run smoothly if it has an active and capable Committee and Chairperson, a good BCM, and if applicable a good BCBM. This is where Auckland Property Management can help.
So if you are a member of a Body Corporate, perhaps consider joining the Committee if you haven’t already done so. The Committee is elected by Ordinary Resolution at each Annual General Meeting. We highly recommend that you actively participate in the smooth running of your home or investment property – get involved.
As always, if you have any questions about your Body Corporate Management, please feel free to contact me.
General Manager – Body Corporate Division