Let me know what you think about how bodies corporate operate

Over the last 12 months as the MP for Auckland Central I have had people approach me regarding potential issues with bodies corporate.

Nikki Kaye

At this stage I am just asking that you tell me your views on whether the rules around bodies corporate are working or whether you want change. I plan to continue to work with Ministers to see if there is a need for any improvements.

One of the issues that has been raised is whether there is a need for greater accessibility and transparency of information around Bodies Corporate.

My electorate in Auckland Central has huge numbers of apartments. As the growth in apartments continue it is important people have confidence in how bodies corporate operate.

 - Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central


184 signatures

  • signed 2016-02-09 10:58:53 +1300
    I have owned and operated (now sold) Body Corporate Management Rights for 15 years, and have been in the hospitality trade for 30 plus years. I have studied the Unit Titles Act and Regulations at Polytech and am now a Director/Consultant in the Property Managers Body Corporate Ltd part of the Property Managers Group. www.propertymgr.co.nz, and am the past Chairman of the Management Rights Association of NZ. I have been involved in many situations of late dealing with dissatisfied body corporate owners, committees, building management wanting to change there body corporate administrations (secretaries) due to a number of situations already identified in the comments on this page. Legislation towards the creation of a body corporate admin (secretary) register and legislation towards creating administration trust audit accounts for the huge volumes of monies is a must.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-08 23:08:50 +1300
    I’ve shared my views on how to make bodies corporate better with more transparency and more accountability. You can too
  • signed 2016-02-08 23:08:00 +1300
    My body corporate – and its accounts manager – is largely incompetent, slow, and confusing. You are never able to see what charges and rules are for, and somehow (for a building without a gym, swimming pool, or any areas requiring much maintenance) still attracts an annual fee of $5500 for a 85m2 apartment in a small building. This is 3 times what I pay in rates, and represents nearly 3 months worth of mortgage and insurance. This seems very high compared to others, but we have no idea how to challenge these costs. The meetings are always held at the body corporate manager’s office on an evening I can’t make (and they won’t meet me halfway) 4 suburbs away. Every now and then I contemplate just selling my apartment rather than continue to battle my body corp. When I look at buying somewhere else, I ask them about the body corp, what they are like to work with, and what the expected costs are. No-one ever wants to give an answer, so I walk away.
  • signed 2016-02-08 22:10:00 +1300
    Shoddy body corporate managers prey on naive owners lack of knowledge, making thousands of dollars from interest for themselves off Body Corporate funds. Information is repeatedly requested in writing, but never provided. Shoddy BC managers that I have had to deal with are: Soo & Associates (Birkenhead), and Body Corporate Administration Limited (Glenn Harry KWOK, Director)
  • signed 2016-02-08 16:02:17 +1300
    Hi Nikki,

    There needs to be a publicly available website with a register of all BC’s and all their contact details, similar to the companies office. At the moment if you want to contact the committee of a neighbouring building, where do you start?

    Regards Greg.
  • signed via 2016-02-03 01:25:02 +1300
    I’m currently the Body Corporate Chair for our complex, been re-elected for the past four years. I believe that New Zealanders need to learn more about how to run a good body corporate. There needs to be access to information and education for Chairpersons [short courses at tertiary or community college level], or available on-line. Committees need to become more focused on their communal interests and less focused on saving money. We need a culture of openness and informed decision-making, along with professional assistance for bodies corporate facing complex issues. I’d like to see separate Body Corporate legislation which complements rules in the Unit Titles Act. At present the UTA doesn’t adequately address BC issues. Also the implications for bodies corporate under the new Health & Safety legislation taking effect on 4 April 2016 is of huge concern – Chairs will be held liable for worksafe malpractice. I predict a flight of Chairs and Committees due to this legislation. Frances Horton.