The role of the Body Corporate Manager (BCM) relies heavily on building strong relationships with both the committee and the Resident Unit Manager (RUM) or building manager. All play different but important roles in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of your body corporate.
A BCM is responsible for number of administrative tasks for residential and commercial schemes:
From preparing budgets to advising of changes in prevailing decisions from the Commissioner’s Office, the BCM acts on the needs and interests of the owners.
A RUM is generally contracted to a scheme for specific duties that ensure the building is looked after and well maintained. A RUM may also have a letting agreement that allows them to manage rental properties in the scheme.
The RUM’s contract will outline exactly what they are required to do and may have a list of duties that show what is required on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
A RUM is not there to enforce by-laws but can assist the Committee by advising when by-laws are breached.
A Committee is made up of owners or people who act for them and are elected each year at the annual general meeting (AGM).
The committee’s role is:
The Chairperson must chair all meetings they attend and at general meetings rule motions out of order where required and declare voting and elections.
If your scheme has a BCM then they generally carry out the roles of the Secretary and Treasurer in a non-voting capacity.
When a scheme has a pro-active and knowledgeable Committee, BCM and RUM working together, you can be assured that your property is in good hands.