The Body Corporate Chairs' Group Inc. (BCCG)was established to provide information and support to Chairpersons and Committees following the introduction of the Unit Titles Act 2010. Understanding what it means to be in a Body Corporate and how rights and responsibilities are apportioned are key to ensuring bodies corporate are governed sustainably and well.
A unique ownership model
A Body Corporate is a collective of unit owners within a multi-unit building or complex (called a Unit Title Development). The Body Corporate is the legal entity which “owns” the building or complex which your unit is part of. If you are the owner of a unit, you are a member of the body corporate, it’s not a choice it’s a fact and you can’t opt out.
Unit Title Developments include all kinds of properties, including; apartments, townhouses, car parks, industrial units, and commercial offices.
As the owner of a unit your ownership interest is twofold – you own the unit of course but you also own a proportion of what is known as ‘common’ property. Common property includes lifts, lobby areas, corridors, stairways, rubbish collection areas and other service rooms, gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts and driveways.
Bodies corporate are bound by the Unit Titles Act 2010 and the Unit Titles Regulations 2011.
Bodies corporate of more than 9 units are governed by an elected Chair and a Committee unless the body corporate has, by special resolution, agreed not to elect a Committee [s.112 of the Act]. All bodies corporate must elect a Chairperson [Regulation 10].
The BCCG is committed to making your life in the body corporate world easier to understand. Our core purposes are to:
- provide access to education, training and resources to develop your ability to govern
- provide an accessible knowledge and networking channel for all members
- obtain information from other bodies for the benefit of all members
- lobby central and local government to promptly address relevant issues
Our vision is to be the informative and supportive platform for all New Zealand based body corporate chairs, and others who are similarly interested in an efficient body corporate sector.
We want to develop body corporate management in New Zealand so that it is recognised as a collaborative, innovative and well informed industry.
We understand that knowledge is power, and by continuing to deliver accessible resources across a range of media we can ensure that our members will prosper.
Our vision is a body corporate sector led by bodies corporate that are competent and confident in their knowledge of such matters as:
- How a Body Corporate works,
- What the roles of Body Corporate Chairs and Committee member are,
- What their responsibilities are under the Unit Titles Act, and Unit Titles Regulations,
- How to address short and long-term building maintenance and issues such as leaky or earthquake-prone buildings,
- The difference between ownership interest and utility interest and how they impact levies,
- How to deal with onerous conditions in a service provider's contract,
- How to deal with conflict amongst owners.
Our first meeting was held in Wellington in April 2012, followed by the first Annual General Meeting in June 2012.
Due to the high demand of interest in membership from outside companies, BCCG decided to expand membership parameters and introduced the associate organisation membership. Our associate members come from a range of industries including law, engineering, architecture, local councils and compliance consultancy, so now our members have access to a greater knowledge sharing and networking pool then ever before.
Many BC management companies also sought membership of BCCG and encouraged their chairs to join on the basis that a knowledgeable chairperson makes the company's role easier.
In early 2015 we held our grand opening for the Auckland branch and by 2016 we had over 350 body corporate members and over 70 associate or casual members. We became an Incorporated Society in 2016.
We continue to punctually distribute valuable resources to our members based all over New Zealand and hold regular events in Wellington and Auckland.
Our reach currently spans across body corporate environments based in all corners of the country, including members in Paihia, Auckland, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, Kawerau, Napier, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch, Tekapo and Queenstown.