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What can an owner achieve by attending the AGM?

The root cause of most serious disputes in schemes is money. At the AGM, members have the opportunity to discuss, and have explained to them if necessary, how their money was spent.The logical as well as stipulated second part of the financial discussion is the approval of the budget for the coming year. This is each owner's opportunity to make sure that the amounts approved are reasonable but realistic enough to avoid raising the spectre of a special levy.

A very common cause of dissatisfaction among owners is the behaviour of trustees and the chairperson. Every owner is entitled to nominate one or more persons – including him or herself – to serve as a trustee and then, at the AGM, to vote for their election. There is no need to suffer because of incompetent or overzealous trustees. The AGM is the opportunity for owners to vote in people of their choice for this very important function.Once suitable trustees have been voted into office, there is opportunity at the AGM to direct or restrict their activities. Any owner may make such a proposal. Examples could be a limit on spending on a single item without informing the owners beforehand; a direction that a different managing agent be appointed; or any one of the trustees' tasks. But bear in mind that the owners can't take away any function or power that is given to the trustees in the Act or rules, such as the raising of a special levy: the owners may only make restrictions on how the trustees go about that function.Any owner who wants to influence a specific aspect of scheme management is able to do so, but a single owner's influence is limited. Lobby other owners before the AGM. One owner's views are easily marginalised (however many proxies he or she might hold). If five voices are raised on an issue, they become very difficult to ignore. If ten people actively support an issue, even if they are eventually outvoted, they are likely to make a permanent impression!

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