Q1: Can a subsidiary proprietor, who is not a member of the management council, attend council meetings?
A1: Yes, but he may not address the meeting (i.e. participate in the discussion), unless permission is granted by the Council to do so.
Q2: Can a subsidiary proprietor improve the common property outside his unit with plants, trees or shrubs in the estate’s common garden?
A2: This is forbidden under the by-laws in the Second Schedule of the Building Maintenance (Strata Management) Regulations 2005. Otherwise it would result in a disorderly planting of the landscape as well as the concern arising from the neglect in the maintenance of these plants by the owners who planted them.
Q3: Can a owner hang laundry in the balcony or in the garden for drying?
A3: No. Under the by-laws in the Second Schedule of the Building Maintenance (Strata Management) Regulations 2005, this is forbidden and the drying of clothing shall only be done in the approved area and only for a reasonable period. In fact, it is not to be placed anywhere in the apartment which is visible from the outside. The approved area would be the yard designated for the purpose and only for a reasonable period.
Q4: Can a resident keep pets within the unit?
A4: Depends on the pet. Under the Regulations, an owner or an occupier shall not keep any animal upon his lot or the common property which may cause annoyance to other owners or occupiers. However, if the management corporation has passed a by-law specifically forbidding the keeping of specific pets, then a resident may not keep that kind of pet at all, for example specific ferocious dogs.
Q5: What is common property and why am I responsible for repairing the section of leaking water supply pipe after the water meter?
A5: Any service that is shared by two or more units is common property. The water meter is the cut off point where the pipe begins to serve only one unit. Therefore it is deemed to be private property and you are responsible for its maintenance, even if it is running through common property.
Q6: Water from the bathroom in the upper unit has been seeping through my ceiling and causing damage to my unit. As the floor is common to two units, is it the duty of the Management Corporation to rectify the defect?
A6: If your apartment is new and within the warranty period, the waterproofing contractor is responsible for the rectification. Upon expiry of the warranty, your neighbour upstairs is responsible to rectify the defects and will bear the full cost under the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act. This floor slab is within your boundary and is deemed to be private property. If he refuses to attend to the problem, a complaint may be lodged with the Strata Titles Board.
Q7: Can I install an air-conditioning unit onto the outside wall of my unit?
A7: Details of the proposal must be submitted in writing to the management corporation and consent must be obtained before commencing any work.
Q8: Can I erect a pergola in the private enclosed space (garden) of my ground floor unit?
A8: Details of the proposal must be submitted in writing to the management corporation and consent must be obtained before commencing any work.
Q9: Our building needs painting but there are not sufficient funds in the owners corporation’s bank account to cover the cost. What can we do
A9: A special levy may be raised at a general meeting to cover the cost of the works.
Q10: I want to use the swimming pool at 11.30 pm but the secretary of the owners corporation said I cannot. Is this enforceable?
A10: The by-laws or house rules of your strata scheme will probably include the hours for use of the pool. The by-laws are enforceable and must be lodged with the Commissioner of Buildings. House rules are also enforceable but they are passed at council meetings and need not be registered with the Commissioner.
Q11: I cannot attend a general meeting but want to send someone to vote on my behalf. How do I do this?
A11: You must appoint a proxy in writing using the prescribed form. The proxy should also sign the form and it should be given to the secretary at least 72 hours before the meeting.
Q12: The visitors car park lots are usually vacant. As a resident owner – can I park in that space?
A12: A visitor’s car parking area is designated for visitors. Parking by a resident is not permitted as it would deprive visitors of car parking lots. However, the management corporation may pass a resolution permitting a resident to park in the visitor’s car park lots if there is a shortage.
Q13: I have some issues that I want addressed at the next annual general meeting. How can I have my issues raised at the meeting?
A13: You may write in to the Secretary of the management corporation at any time of the year to raise issues to be discussed at the next annual general meeting. Your notice must be received well before the notice of the annual general meeting. Any notice received after the notice of AGM has been sent out will only be considered at the next AGM.
Q14: I have some issues I want addressed by the management corporation. How can I have an extraordinary general meeting called?
A14: You may requisition for an extraordinary general meeting. The requisition must be sent in writing to the Secretary of the MC and is signed by owners who own more than 20% of the total share values in the estate or 25% of the total number of units in the estate. The requisition must contain specific items/issues that you wish to be deliberated at the EGM. The Secretary is then obliged to convene an EGM within 6 weeks of receipt of the requisition.
Q15: Can I attend the Annual General Meeting if I am not an owner?
A15: You do not have the right to attend any general meeting of the management corporation unless an owner has appointed you as their proxy.
Q16: There are some works that I would like to be carried out at our strata building. How do I get the management corporation to consider the proposal?
A16: Prior to the next general meeting, you should send a motion to the secretary or strata managing agent with a request that it be included on the agenda.
Q17: We have many records covering minutes of meetings and financial statements over the past 5 years. Can we dispose of some of them?
A17: The BMSMA requires that records must be retained for at least 5 years.
Q18: I have outstanding interest charges which are unpaid. Can I attend the annual general meeting and pay the outstanding interest on the spot?
A18: You may attend the meeting and participate in the discussions but you will not be allowed to vote. All outstanding interest must be paid at least 72 hours before the meeting and you are not allowed to pay on the spot.
Q19: I am a tenant in a strata building. Do I have a right to attend meetings?
A19: You do not have the right to attend any general meeting of the management corporation unless an owner has appointed you as their proxy.
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