The old Bible story about David and Goliath seems to be an appropriate metaphor for my life as a strata owner right now. Size was Goliath’s power. Despite that David the shepherd exploited size with a stone and overcame Goliath. My Strata Council’s strength seems to be the largesse of its ignorance masquerading as intelligence. I’m the only owner it seems who is attempting to exploit that omnipotence with knowledge. Apparently knowledge is no match for ignorance.
I am angry.
I am angry at decisions other people have made – they say – in my best interests.
I am angry that I MUST follow the letter of the law while all around me others especially Council members are disregarding it.
I am angry that without me (individual strata lot owner) there is no corporation but it is the corporation which is entirely responsible for my frustration.
I am angry my neighbours put their heads in the sand rather than participate in the management of their home.
I am angry my Council has undermined my reputation within the complex because I question their decisions and interpretations of the bylaws and the legislation.
I am angry my Council spends my money to have a lawyer tell me I may not see information which forces me to spend money to see the information.
I am really angry my Council has kept information hidden from the corporation for over 8 months despite my consistent requests to see it.
I am angry the property management the corporation pays for is willing to acquiese to my Council even though they must know what the Council is doing is highly questionable. If they had any integrity, they would walk away to save their reputation.
I am angry the government is doing nothing to change the fact the Strata Property Act is self-regulated in a lower mainland where strata ownership is fast outpacing individual homeowners.
I am angry everyone is regulated but the Strata Councils because ultimately they hold final say in every decision that impacts me.
I am angry misinformation and misspeak are so acceptable to individuals living in my strata corporation that my one voice is met with derision and scoffs without anyone bothering to investigate what I have to say.
I am angry that some lawyers prey on Councils because Council members are volunteers who for the most part can’t be bothered to learn the legislation and believe any line of bafflegab is justified if you are willing to pay for it.
I am angry I am unable to serve on Council because it could be a legal conflict and even when it isn’t, owners don’t vote for me because of the slander spread by my Council.
I am angry that the only time I can say anything that might initiate some change is at the AGM which at present the Council has managed to postpone to serve themselves.
I am angry I am the only owner who cares about my asset beyond the interior walls but I am held hostage by the majority who have no concept of living in a strata corporation.
I have an arena. I have a Goliath opponent. I have the Strata Property Act, the Real Estate Services Act, The Condominium Manual and corporation bylaws in my arsenal. Unlike David’s army though I’m supported by sheep and despite a hearty sling my arsenal is not as successful against my Goliath as David’s stone was against his opponent.