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Timing is Everything

Monday, 14th April 2014

In a recent decision in The Owners - Strata Plan No 62022 v Sahade [2013] NSWSC 2002 the Supreme Court agreed with the Local Court that a levy was not validly raised because the meeting was invalid as the notice period was one day short of what it should have been.

Some key points were:

  • The notice of the AGM resolving the levy was sent by post on 17 January 2012 and the meeting date was 30 January 2012, which when calculated using the relevant postage rule meant the meeting was a day short.
  • The owner asserted insufficient notice and the Local Court and the Supreme Court agreed it was up to the owners corporation to prove it had complied with the legislative requirements.
  • The owners corporation failed to establish that the required notice was given and is now liable for the owner's costs of the Local and Supreme Court proceedings.

This case has significant ramifications:

Owners corporations must take care to run their meetings in accordance with the mandatory requirements set out in the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (NSW).

  • When an owner asserts that the mandatory meeting procedures were not followed the onus is on the owners corporation to prove it had complied with the legislative requirements.
  • Failure to comply with mandatory meeting procedures could have serious implications for levies, by-laws, contracts etc.

 

***The information contained in this article is general information only and not legal advice. The currency, accuracy and completeness of this article (and its contents) should be checked by obtaining independent legal advice before you take any action or otherwise rely upon its contents in any way.

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