By the Paddocks Club team
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Bad behaviour at meetings
Good evening Paddocks team
Is there any provision in the Act that allows for an owner to be barred from a special general meeting for continuous bad behaviour towards the trustees and certain home owners in past meetings.
The owner has a history of verbally abusing the trustees and home owners at these meetings.
The meetings then degenerate into a “free for all”.
How can this be addressed?
This is not a very unusual situation, sadly.
The chairperson is in control of the meeting and must make sure it can do its business.
If a member is disrupting the meeting to the extent it cannot do its business, the chairperson is entitled to order them to leave.
Sometimes it’s necessary to arrange for a security person, or even the police, to be present to remove a disruptive member.
May the trustees reduce levies
A Sectional title body corporate have recently installed pre-paid meters.
May the trustees reduce the levies according to the saving on the water expense or;
A) Should the trustees wait unit the financial year end and reduce/calculate the levy with the commencement of the new year;
B) Wait until the next AGM and amend the levies thereafter?
I had to consult with Zerlinda and Carryn on this one!
We all agree, no. The contribution is based on the approved budget and there no provision that allows it to be changed. Working the other way around, the trustees are given the specific discretion to increase the contribution under specific conditions and to raise a special contribution, under specific conditions. There is no provision for reducing the contribution.
Additionally, the alteration of electricity/water payment when separate meters are installed from PQ to actual usage is specifically provided in prescribed management rule 29(3)(b) but prescribed management rule 29(4) and (5) does not.
The now excess part of the contribution can be absorbed into the scheme’s administrative fund and accommodated in the next budget.
Article reference: Paddocks Press: Volume 12, Issue 10, Page 04.
Professor Graham Paddock, Anton Kelly, Dr Carryn Melissa Durham and Zerlinda van der Merwe are available to answer questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum for Community members. Get all your questions answered by joining Paddocks Club.
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