The last stata council disregarded pretty much the entire Strata Act.
-The president being paid personally for work done in the complex.
-Vice president signing a landscaping contract without approval from the rest of council.
-Doubling some budget expenses i.e. Landscaping Budget $8000 Actual $15000 without approval of the owners.
-Spending of the contingency fund to cover general opertating budget shortfalls in non-emergency situations and without a 3/4 vote from owners. The CRF is almost empty now at $10000 or so.
-No disclosure of information specifically the current budget for approval before meetings.
I have taken over council with 3 other owners after collecting numerous proxies before the last meeting.
So my question is has anyone had experience with corrupt strata councils and holding former council members liable for violating the strata act.
I know there are specifics in the act regarding conflicts of interest. However the major mis-spending of the contingency fund is a greater concern and i'm afraid they may not be able to be held liable.
Is ignorance of the law a good enough defense?
Post up your experiences & advice.