By the Paddocks Club team
Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members!
Fines for not adhering to rules
In our new conduct rules which we have to approve on 27 March – the fines will be instituted “At the sole discretion of the trustees”.
This cannot be correct – surely the amount of fines should be specified in the rules?
You are correct, that rule is not reasonable and, as far as I’ve heard, would not be approved by the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS).
A fining rule must include due process (an opportunity for the “culprit” to explain their breach of the rule) and should stipulate the amounts of the fine for every transgression mentioned in the rule.
I have heard also that the CSOS wants a fining rule to provide that the members adjust the amounts at the Annual General Meeting.
The members don’t have to approve anything the trustees put in a proposed rule.
In our conduct visitor’s parking is not mentioned. These are locked and we have to run around looking for keys from trustees – who at times are not home.
Are we as owners within our rights to ask for a key to the visitor’s parking.
That would defeat the purpose of having the bays locked. But there should be an easy and quick way of getting the bays unlocked.
Locking the bays is only reasonable if there is a history of improper use that results in real problems for someone.
Article reference: Paddocks Press: Volume 13, Issue 3.
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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