Council Membership of a Strata Company
One of the big differences between living in a ‘good’ Strata Company and a ‘bad’ one is how good the council functions.
The council of a Strata Company is the group of elected owners (or their representatives) who are responsible for running and maintaining the block of units/apartment building/strip of shops/office building or whatever the structure of the body corporate is.
Who sits on a Council?
Office holders – or council members – are usually elected at the council meeting following the first Annual General Meeting. Even if there is a strata manager and certain duties have been delegated to them, the secretary and treasurer are still able to exercise their powers, if they choose to do so. In most instances the strata manager performs all the functions of the secretary and treasurer and they operate in a supervisory position.
In addition to the members, each council will vote in a chair, secretary and a treasurer, all who have specific functions. These include:
- Chairperson: The role of the chairperson is to conduct council meetings and to decide on issues relating to voting and procedure.
- Secretary: The secretary will be responsible for organising council meetings and minutes, and related correspondence and administration.
- Treasurer: The council treasurer deals with levy notices, bank accounts, and financial statements and other financial records.