The Covid-19 pandemic has caught everyone by surprise and whilst we wait to see the impact this virus will have on our daily lives, it’s not surprising that many of our body corporate residents are worried about the prospect of living in close proximity.
Keep Calm, Be Kind and Use Common Sense
As a Body Corporate Manager it falls to us to help guide and support our body corporate clients through these exceptional circumstances and to keep their buildings operating while we all wait. The Unit Titles Act which directs how a body corporate is managed, has no provision to deal with pandemics – perhaps it should.
In these circumstances the Act is of little use to help guide us, not least our body corporate clients, through these unprecedented times. So what better way than to let humanity guide us by “keeping calm, being kind and using common sense”.
Support through the Pandemic
Consider postponing your Annual General Meeting. If it can’t be postponed.
- Consider voting by postal vote or,
- Video-call into the meeting. If you call-in you must appoint a proxy. Consider appointing the person chairing the meeting as the proxy, so the quorum can be met and your vote can be cast (if fully paid up
Check in on your neighbours. Not only does it build community relationships, it helps support others during stressful times and creates better community spirit.
- If you or someone in the building tests positive for Covid-19 the Body Corporate Manager should be informed so they can take further steps to help prevent its spread.
- Have a plan within the building to help your neighbours get the things they need, especially if they are in self-isolation or are deemed high-risk of becoming infected. Groceries and mail could be left outside their door.