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Sectional title corner – Can owners now attend trustees’ meetings?

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Hi, there seems to be some confusion regarding owners attending trustees’ meetings. As recently as 2015 it was stated that owners could only attend trustees’ meetings if invited. However, reading the new act, this seems to have fallen away?

There is also no mention of spouses (non-owners) being “entitled” to attend or how joint owners may attend (both or one by proxy). – Robert


This has fallen away yes. They can attend and speak, but cannot vote and can be requested to leave the meeting if confidential information will be discussed.

There is no such thing as a proxy for a trustee meeting, so if the spouse wants to attend they need to be given power of attorney to act on behalf of that unit. The same applies to joint owners.

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  • peter 25th March 2017

    Is there a by-law governing installation of wood burning fire places in a sectional title complex?A new owner on the 4th floor wishes to have this done.The unit is on the top floor of the complex.

  • Carolyn 5th July 2017

    Our sectional titled complex does NOT hold trustee meetings each month. They just sms each other or WhatsApp each other …

  • Kevin 13th December 2017

    Please advise if tenants are allowed to attend Trustees meetings

  • Peter Brand 1st March 2019

    I am chairman of a complex with 19 units – I have a query regarding what needs to be sent to owners regarding a Trustees Meeting
    Must all owners receive:
    The notice of the Trustees Meeting sent to all owners
    Plus the Agenda?
    Plus all working papers which are sent to Trustees?