April Fool’s Day fell on Friday. You expect pranks on this day. You know you should know better but there is always a smidgeon of truth behind a well thought out prank. Your perceptions and interpretations are used against you.
Perhaps this is why both daily newspapers ran articles this weekend with a variation on a theme:namely, property management. The Vancouver Sun ran it’s Stratafied column,“Putting Strata Owners First Could Help Families” and The Province ran its CondoSmarts column, “You need to call a special AGM”.
To summarize: On the one hand, no one is really sure who should supervise and discipline property management to lend some integrity to the occupation and, on the other, property managers still seem to think they can be self-serving and walk around, over and through legalities. Clearly, the strata council of the Burnaby strata corporation is unable to determine what is right and what is wrong and the Real Estate Council needs to be investigating their licensee because, he apparently also does not know the difference between right and wrong either. Of course he might just see opportunity in relation to one dimensional thinking!
When you contact the Real Estate Council of BC to complain about property management you are reminded of course that any property manager only takes action at the direction of the Council. Subsequently, the strata council has to lay the complaint. For the millionth time, it is quite obvious most owners DON’T know what they are doing, DON’T care to change that particular situation and DON’T want to question the council or the property management for fear of either reprisal or responsibility. That’s three DON’Ts for a hat trick!
I have a position about groupthink and when it comes to property management, the Real Estate council, rogue strata councils and apathetic strata owners I can’t help but visualize a big ole circlejerk. What’s a circlejerk? The Urban Dictionary assigns two definitions which are both appropriate as far as I’m concerned – one is more visual while the other is more of an attitude. It isn’t my intention to offend but the word is an appropriate choice in my opinion.
My swamp is particularly adept at the circlejerk when you consider the cast of characters on council and the greater group of owners who encircle them. From a distance it looks like some occult gathering but a closer look indicates nothing more than a pleasure fest of one dimensional stupid. A real close look and the little property manager is right in the center of the action. There’s another name for that but I won’t go there…..
I figure if no entity is around to supervise strata councils and their hired scapegoat, then I don’t need to exercise decorum when sharing my incredulity. Again – my opinion.
Real Estate Council needs a complaint from the strata council in order to initiate an investigation into their licensee: the property manager. One would be correct to assume an agitated owner would need to shoot an arrow over the bow and hire a lawyer to advise the council it isn’t omnipotent. An egocentric strata council would most likely become “hardworking volunteers unfamiliar with strata sdministration” and plead the more palatable ignorance defense and wash their hands of it.
Problem is that darn pesky property manager works for a broker. That managing broker is ultimately responsible for the antics of the employee. The offending property manager will be dealt with publicly when the perception of the public could skew the reputation of the Real Estate Council and its partner in crime the BC provincial government…..talk about giant circlejerk there!
Pass the buck politics is the name of the game in the strata world.
Hey Liberals and NDP: you guys can continue to ignore requests to revisit your legislation and how you DON’T enforce it; you guys can continue to rely on the efforts of private individuals to step up to the plate and do your work for you;however, you guys DON’T have the right to act like you give a damn when your promises never see action beyond the superficial.
It is my belief that eventually carpal tunnel will require apathetic strata owners, rogue strata councils, inept property management, ambivalent government and government hacks to seek respite from the circlejerk and start thinking and acting in a more productive manner.
The Strata Property Act deserves respect and needs enforcement just like strata corporation bylaws deserve respect and enforcement. As long as the regulatory bodies and government ignore strata issues until reputations require some breadcrumb of attention-elections– then the world of strata will continue to be an essentially unregulated swamp of seedy crimes and misdemeanors.
Yup……a strata circlejerk!