Body Corporate
Manager in Brisbane

Heard the term strata manager Brisbane?
What is the role of a body corporate manager
in Brisbane?

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We often get asked what exactly a strata manager
in Brisbane does, and what’s the role of a body
corporate manager in Brisbane.

With over thirty years’ experience as body corporate managers
in Brisbane, we have a wealth of knowledge in small strata
management, and our company’s aim is to keep your body
corporate efficiently managed and ensure that the Body
Corporate and Community Management Act (Qld) 1997 and
other applicable legislation is complied with at all times.

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With that in mind, here’s a short summary of what it means to be a strata manager Brisbane –
what our roles and responsibilities are as the body corporate manager in Brisbane.

The role of owners and occupiers

The legislation provides that owners and occupiers of lots in a community titles scheme have a number of duties and obligations.

An owner:

  • is responsible for maintaining their unit in good condition;
  • may be responsible for maintenance of an area of common property over which the owner has a right of exclusive use; and must obey the by-laws that apply to the scheme.
  • With that in mind, here’s a short summary of what it means to be a strata manager Brisbane – what our roles and responsibilities are as the body corporate manager Brisbane.
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An occupier must:

  • obey the by-laws applying to the scheme;
  • keep the unit clean and tidy;
  • not cause a nuisance or hazard;
  • not interfere unreasonably with the use or enjoyment of another lot; and
  • not interfere unreasonably with the use or enjoyment of common property by a person who is lawfully on the common property.
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The role of the Brisbane body corporate manager

A Brisbane strata manager is generally engaged to carry out specific
administrative tasks to ensure that the community titles scheme is
administered in accordance with the Body Corporate and Community
Management Act (Qld) 1997 and other applicable legislation. Their
primary interest is to ensure that the scheme is efficiently managed on
behalf of all owners. Often a strata manager Brisbane effectively works
as the secretary of the body corporate committee. In consultation with
the elected Chairperson, they will set dates for committee meetings, the
annual general meeting, extraordinary meetings and in doing so prepare
meeting papers such as agendas, minutes and financial reports.

The body corporate manager Brisbane will follow specific instructions
issued by the body corporate committee. In some instances, the body
corporate committee may delegate some of its authority to the
manager so that routine matters such as electricity bills can be paid
by their due date.

It’s important to note that a Brisbane strata manager can only act
when provided with specific instructions from the body corporate
committee. It would be inappropriate for the body corporate manager
to spend money on items such as building maintenance without
appropriate approval.

Building maintenance

Quite often people confuse the roles of property managers and body
corporate managers which are, in fact, quite distinct. Unless a specific
agreement exists with the body corporate manager Brisbane, it is unusual
for them to be responsible for the maintenance of a building. When
requested by the body corporate committee, the body corporate manager
Brisbane may seek quotes from building maintenance firms (such as
electricians, plumbers, painters, etcetera) and gardeners and may even
advise the maintenance company on when they can start work.

However, the task of ensuring that the maintenance company turns up
and performs the work to an acceptable standard generally will rest with
the body corporate committee. In larger schemes it is usual for the body
corporate to engage an on-site manager to ensure that building
maintenance is undertaken and they should be approached rather than
the body corporate manager. If, as an owner or resident you are unhappy
with building or garden maintenance, your first point of contact should be
the body corporate committee.

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