Condos not run by professionals need greater oversight

Many readers have written in about how condominiums are managed.

There are some practices in many condominiums that the authorities need to look into.

For some condominiums, a few subsidiary proprietors would take control in the management of the estate, and would collect as many proxies as possible for voting purposes at annual general meetings (AGMs).

Often, proxy givers do not know how proxy holders have voted for them.

In order to deter such practices, the proxy system needs to be changed, such that those who do not want to attend the AGMs will have to submit their votes on resolutions in a sealed box.

Voting on other matters can be restricted to those present at the AGM.

Some condominiums also do not engage professional management for their estates. They would rather try to manage the estate with their best available knowledge.

These council members are volunteers with no specialised training and knowledge in property management. In some cases, there is not enough transparency and some decisions are made by a few key office bearers, without the knowledge of other council members.

For the benefit of all living in condominiums, the authorities should establish guidelines, rules and regulations to audit these non-professionally run estates and to prevent any high-handed management practices.

Tay Siang Choo (Madam)