The soaring fee of the property committee has caused the owners to "rising up"
Sydney Today, April 4, Australian Eastern Time. Unit owners were outraged by the substantial increase in body corporate fees. They have joined forces to overthrow many owners who are forced to pay huge fees and indirectly. State government laws that affect thousands of people.
170 owners have signed and registered to fight the law. Gold Coast-based lawyer Anthony Delaney is the representative of this group. He said that an owner’s one-year list has risen from A$13000 to A$35000. He believes that this issue surfaced after the law was revised a year ago. Once 1 owners have signed, they will seek legal advice from a constitutional barrister in Queensland on whether the current law is flawed.
If this action is not successful, they will plan to initiate a collective prosecution against the state government. Premier Campbell Newman has indicated that it is investigating. Mr Newman said: “The government understands the unfairness of the current corporate power plan. This is also a task that the new minister needs to resolve with stakeholders and owners. It will take some time to sort out Labor in the corporate law. But I hope our minister will sort it out."
This problem mainly affects buildings built before the law on lot entitlements promulgated in 1997, but it also affects some newer properties. When Jacquie and Robert Adamson bought their Gold Coast apartment, they had to pay an owner's management board fee of $6100 per year. However, after the law changed the calculation method of the owners' management committee fee, this amendment was opposed by many people, which meant that the couple’s annual fee soared to 32000 million Australian dollars.
Mrs Adamson said that the worst point is that they were asked to start counting from the time the new law was implemented in April last year. The Adamsons’ Surfers Hawaiian apartment was bought in 4. Mrs Adamson is now learning to be a nurse, so they currently have only one person's income. She said that they should pay the same fees as before. Her husband is a concrete worker, and she said it is difficult to get them to pay extra.
Mr Delaney said that for some owners, this is a heavy burden, "What we are striving for is fairness and equality." For the Adamsons, this issue has a deeper impact. Mrs Adamson said that real estate agents think it is difficult to find a buyer for their apartment because they have to pay such a high cost. "We cannot afford the cost, and it is difficult for us to sell it under the current law. The cost is unfair."
Mr Adamson said that when they bought it, they didn't know that the cost would become so high. "We obviously don't have the right to appeal this. We only have to take a collective appeal."
Andrew Staehr, chairman of Archers Body Corporate, believes that this problem is now becoming more common, especially in large unit complexes. He said that the only thing a potential buyer can do is to look at the records of the owner's management committee fee and understand whether there are problems with lot entitlements. "This really makes the buyer very cautious." (Ivy)