Last night our strata complex had our Annual General Meeting for 2011. It was my first strata meeting EVER (obviously) and I wasn’t too sure what to expect, kind of.
Last August when Kyle and I were seriously interested in buying the townhouse, we were given the minutes from the past two AGM’s just to see how anal people may or may not be. There was one name (for all blogging purposes, we’ll call him “Jeff”) that was repeatedly mentioned, but it turns out he was on the other side of the complex of us, so we went for it and bought the place.
Now, back to last night. As the unofficial spokesperson of the household, I went to the meeting and Kyle stayed at home. Last year’s meeting lasted about one and a half hours, so I figured this one wouldn’t be so bad. Wrong, wrong, wrong! It lasted an hour longer than expected, only because we only had the room booked until 9:00 p.m. I’m sure it would’ve been longer!
Jeff was the main reason why the meeting lasted so long. He argued every little point, and it seemed like this was his “thing” because most of the other owners moaned and groaned when he’s say, “Now what about ….” or something similar. It was kind of amusing, actually. I was just glad I wasn’t the only one wanting him to shut up. I’m pretty sure Jeff is an original owner from when the townhouses were built in 1977, I’m not even kidding, lol.
So, overall, the Strata meeting was long, exhausting, but informative. It made me feel like quite the grown up, considering I was the youngest owner there. The president and other council members were really nice and for the most part, everyone in the complex seems awesome. Not bad for my first meeting, and I’m sure it won’t be my last :)
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We don’t even bother going to strata meetings anymore, since the “Board” consists of the developer of our complex, his realtor, and the building manager – who combined own more than 65% of the condos. Nothing we say matters anyway, so we don’t think there’s any point in going! It’s kind of depressing, actually …
That IS depressing! Do you not vote on who gets nominated onto council? By the sounds of it, we elect a new council every year.
Do I have to go to strata meetings? I really wasn’t planning on it. Sounds boring :S Ugh
They are BORING indeed, but, I only went because they were voting to increase our strata fees $10. Really, it’s a good thing to go to because they also vote on new bylaws and such. Like they say, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain! At least they only happen once a year!