TOWARDS ENFORCEABLE STANDARDS, RULES AND RIGHTS IN STRATA MANAGEMENT: AN ANALYSIS
The Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757) and the Strata Titles Act 1985 (Act 318) confer broad powers on strata communities to self-manage and self-regulate through body corporates (termed Strata Management Bodies). The policy behind these legislations promotes maximum autonomy and self-regulatory powers for Strata Management Bodies to, through their internal rule-making and decision-making processes, govern themselves in ways that best suit their needs and interests. Consequently, judicial and administrative recognition of Strata Management Bodies’ autonomy has left a lacuna of matters which are not justiciable by the Courts and/or the Strata Management Tribunal. This adversely affects homeowners’ ability to access substantive justice. This article, through doctrinal analyses of key Malaysian and Western Australian cases, sheds light on a selection of strata disputes illustrating the inadequacies of the law on strata title and strata management, and the lack of enforceable standards of good management practices. The article also explores how the apathetic application of general principles of company law to strata management bodies has left a lacuna of non-justiciability. Consequently, this article argues the case for strata law reform. It advocates for law reform that promulgate standards, rules and rights of good strata management as enforceable law, rather than mere general, high-level, unenforceable and unjusticiable principles.
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