Passing trustee resolutions from the comfort of home
By Ané de Klerk
This week alone two separate clients voiced their concern over the fact that the trustees of their bodies corporate had not met (neither in person nor virtually) to pass particular trustee resolutions. This brought to light the fact that, while adopting trustee resolutions at a trustee meeting is certainly an option, some managing agents, trustees and owners of units in sectional title schemes may be unaware of the second manner in which such resolutions may be passed lawfully.
With most trustees being volunteers with their own taxing schedules and demanding careers, it is important to raise awareness of the alternative, completely legal, process they may utilise to pass trustee resolutions from their office or even home.
Prescribed Management Rule 14(4)(b) presents trustees with the option of passing trustee resolutions in writing by sending a notice to each trustee. When doing so, it is important to ensure that your notice ticks all the appropriate boxes. It must include:
While passing trustee resolutions in this manner can be highly effective, when using this method it is of the utmost importance to make sure your i’s are dotted and t’s crossed.
This notice should be drafted very carefully and, if necessary, the writer must follow up with the trustees to ensure their votes are cast and received by the body corporate on or before the stated due date – ensuring that the resolution cannot be challenged on any procedural irregularity.
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