Strata managers are professional managers of a strata title development’s owners’ corporation. Their role is to follow the instructions that are issued by the body corporate in order to ensure that the common property within a strata title scheme is properly administered and maintained in such a way that all of the owners of lots within the strata title scheme benefit. The administration of a body corporate may be undertaken on the behalf of the lot owners within the strata title scheme (usually residents in apartments, units, or flats, but potentially also the owners of lots that are being leased out, offices, storage spaces, or others) through the means of a committee. It is the responsibility of such a committee to ensure that the relevant state or territory specific legislation (such as the Strata Titles Act 1988 (SA) and the Community Titles Act 1996 (SA), as amended by the Statutes Amendment (Community and Strata Titles Act 2012 (SA) in South Australia, or the Strata Titles Act 1973 (NSW) in New South Wales) are adhered to, as well as the by laws of the specific strata title scheme, which can be made or amended by the committee itself.
Due to the complexity of much of the state and territory legislation concerning strata title schemes, the use of a professional strata title management service that is associated with the local state or territory branch of Strata Community Australia (the SCA), the professional association for strata title managers, can be greatly helpful in ensuring that these requirements are adhered to and the committee for the body corporate undertakes its responsibilities in a lawful manner. Generally, a committee is appointed for a period of one year at the strata title scheme’s Annual General Meeting, and will meet quarterly. It is the responsibility of the members of the committee to attend all committee meetings, undertake various jobs on behalf of the committee, and ensure that the strata title scheme is being managed prudently for the long term benefit of all lot owners on the strata title development. Much of the administrative burden for committee members can be reduced by the appointment of a professional strata title manager who can provide body corporate services.
These can include the setting of dates for both Annual General Meetings for lot owners within the strata title scheme and the regular committee meetings of the strata title scheme’s body corporate committee; organising the maintenance and repair of common property within the strata companies Sydney; paying invoices and drawing up budgets and financial statements for the strata title scheme; ensuring compliance with Workplace Health and Safety (previously known in South Australia as Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare) responsibilities of the body corporate; and providing advice relating to various issues that can arise in relation to strata title schemes.