Fundamentals of Community Management – Webinar Takeaways

2021 is set to be the year when gated community properties are set to see a rise in occupancy. Residential community management is fast becoming a skill individuals are expected to acquire. Since schools or colleges doesn’t cover such a subject, we fill up the gaps with these exciting webinars.

ADDA hosted a Knowledge Session on April 17, 2021 where lawyers Uma Varadhan & G. Sudheendra guides participants in approaching their MC duties with elan.

The Webinar Takeaways for Community Management

  • The Management Committee is a voluntary body and a Gated Community Resident Welfare Association falls under the category of Non-profit organisations.
  • In terms of gated community residency, any person who owns a unit in a gated community is known as a Member.
  • The Management Committee based on the size of the Community differs in size. Below is a suggested chart. The numbers differ from State to State.
Management of Community
Management of Community

The Q&A Session

Q: Per unit Maintenance is below INR 7500 but annual turnover is above INR 20 lac. Do we fall in the GST bracket?

A: If the turnover includes Non Member (third party) income, then yes, you fall in the GST bracket. To know about the taxes a Community has to pay, read this.

Q: Is there any legal recourse to deal with defaulters who are refusing to pay for years?

A: 1. Get a consensus in the MC to pursue the defaulter legally.
2. It is a good practice, to have a resolution passed in the AGM.
3. Through the local Registrar of Societies send a Recovery Notice.
4. Now the member is bound to give valid cause for non payment.
5. The Defaulter is bound to obey the Registrar’s judgement.
6. It becomes the job of the Recovery Officer to secure the payment.
7. The Member can challenge the judgement in Co-op/Civil courts.

Q: What can be done if a Management Committee member is misusing or abusing the powers given to them?

A: 1. The rest of the MC must address this issue.
2. The alleged MC is also answerable for their actions in the AGM.
3. If a resolution is still not reached, complain to the Registrar.

Q: Does Internal Redressal Committee have any legal validation?

A: No. Such a committee is not mentioned in Co-operative Community laws.

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