Thank you, Valia!
We have just finished this year’s strata meeting via net. Our new strata manager, Valia Schenkl, was excellent. Her preparation of the meeting was good and her chair was fantastic. She was extremely patient to explain the very complex nature of the issues in details and listen to our questions and feelings, that were clarified and cleared completely at the end of the meeting. Especially for someone like me, whose native tongue is not English, she was quite understanding, considering and kind. I trust her 100%. I am very happy, having her as our strata manager.
Lisa Simonetta - The best strata manager ever
Our building has been with Mason & Brophy for 10 years. Over that time we have been less than happy with the service provided and considering other options. Our building has interesting issues. No other manager has been able to assist us in the same way Lisa has. Her commitment and knowledge surpasses all those prior. She is factual, makes sure its legal, provides up to date information and offers clear & concise advice and assistance. Thank you Lisa.
Heather has been incredible to work with
I have lived in my unit for close to 10 years and have been so impressed with Heather Mcllwain who has been the the strata manager for our unit block. She is always prompt to reply to any issues or concerns I have and immediately contacts the person/group who is needed to resolve the issue. As a result our unit block is in brilliant condition despite being an older block of units. I couldn’t recommend Heather or Mason and Brophy any higher.
Mason & Brophy - Heather McIlwain
Heather has been the strata manager of a townhouse complex of 12 units in Fairlight where I have been the Secretary of the Owners Corporation for a few years. I have found her advice very useful, she was able to clearly explain to me all the workings of the strata and council requirements. Without her help and support in the past years, it would have been impossible to carry all the Secretary duties.
Heather has been the strata manager of a building of 12 units in Chatswood where I have been one of the committee member and I have worked with her for a few years.
I have found her efficient, quick to reply any queries and able to explain to me the workings of the strata and council requirements. She has made my work as a committee member easy and effective.
Be warned, this Strata Management company is terrible. It’s the worst customer service I’ve experienced in a long time. I’m trying to complain to the office manager about our Strata Managers’ lack of competence and her rudeness to me and the office manager won’t even get back to me...!
Lisa Simonetta Strata Manager
Lisa is a fantastic strata manager. She came on board and quickly got up to speed with the buildings committee members and has added a lot of value to our property and owners in such a short period of time. Lisa takes the time to listed and understand and genuinely cares for her customers.
Lisa Simonetta Strata Manager
Lisa Simonetta was appointed as our Strata Manager in March 2019.
Lisa quickly impressed our owners’ committee and myself as secretary, with her courtesy, maturity and knowledge. She has given us more information than our previous managers and we were even sent an account to check and authorize, something we wanted but did not get in the past. She has processed my request for quotes promptly and the companies selected have been appropriate and within reasonable distance of our unit building.
She is always contactable; always available by ph...
- Verified customer
Team of Excellences - Mason & Brophy
Well done Mason & Brophy and Heather McIlwain (manager) for your continual assistance and work on our complex. We have made some significant improvement to the premises and this process has been effortless thanks to your management.
“ We could not of done this without your help”
I have found our Strata Manager Heather McIlwain to be very professional, very knowledgeable of strata matters and always returns my phone calls and emails promptly. She is very accessible whereas our past manager, Chris was not. Until Heather took over the management of our property, the body corporate was considering changing Strata Managers.
Mason and Brophy supply very good tradespeople who submit quotes promptly.
knowledgeable, helpful,excellent service
Heather McIllwain at M&B has been a saviour for our Strata Building. Her response to all our many problems is always speedy and professional and her team of tradesmen have always delivered, as expected.Emails and phone calls have been promptly answered and queries always followed up.
I have no hesitation in recommending her to other Strata Committees.
- Verified customer
Incompetent and Unethical
I've joined a new strata being managed by M&B and found them rude from the go get and constantly making mistakings. The other committee members tell me it's gone downhill since they were acquired by PICA group but they have really frustrated everyone involved from the committee through to suppliers. They have incorrectly chased payments and been late paying suppliers and have a terrible reputation, even to the extent we have lost good contractors who refuse to keep working with them. I personally tried to mediate an improvement on behalf of our...strata, but was told they didn't need to improve or change and that any issues were our fault entirely? We are currently engaging fair trading NSW to support us as they will not release management to a new company after being given three months notice by the terms of the contract which is expiring at the end of the year, they are now trying to say that our particular strata contract has a three-year notice period?
Mason and Brophy are not to be trusted. They use every opportunity to attempt to pass additional charges on to strata plan owners. Whether it is an expensive quote, or a brand new 'invented' extra corporate service. For example, recently they decided with a power company to send a letter to all our owners advertising a private electricity 'discount deal' for owners.
Owners did not ask to be 'advertised to'. Mason and Brophy conducted this advertising on their own initiative BUT they then put a charge through our accounts for 'marketing' of $...200! Imagine that multiplied by 100s of plans. Nice easy money if they can get away with it and they thing they have a right to charge for this? They likely received some fees for this 'advertising to all their strata plans' from the electricity company in the first place. If you complain about their behaviour their response is not to respond. They do not reply to emails necessitating multiple attempts to get a satisfactory response. They do not vet AGM agenda notices or advise the EC to ensure that the notice itself and motions within comply with the Act. They barely even try to observe the SSMA 2015. They do not count votes at meetings or take into account proxies numerically. The manner is laissez faire.
I called Mason and Brophy today regarding a issue that I’m trying to solve with my electricity company and explain the situation to a lady who answered the phone (she didn’t want to tell me her name) and asked if someone could give me access to the meter because I needed to check my meter number and reading ( that is my legal right).
This lady not only refused to send someone to give me access to my meter (and not even bothered to explain why she wouldn’t) but was so rude and arrogant! She simply hung up the phone on me!!! That’s unacceptabl...
Questions & Answers
Every year Mason & Brophy Strata manager presents a wrong set of accounts to AGM - huge mistakes, which confuse the Owners. A few of them are elderly and easily confused & taken advantage of. Is there a regulatory body which can look into this issue?
Ask your question on Flatchat forum run by Jim Thompson. Flatchat is all about strata. Strata law reform has recently come into effect which will hold Strata Manager and the EC legally responsible for decision making.
My experience with M&B - they are the worst strata company I have ever dealt with, left a building in a state so bad that one of the bottom flats couldn't be tenanted - a concrete cancer issue reported in 2008, not dealt with until 2013 - eventually the owners had to fork out over $60K each to fix it. They gave each owner 14 days to cough up the money or pay 10%. Completely disorganised and a frustrating company to deal with, I am glad I am done with them.
I have BCS at a property in Randwick, comparatively they are 5 stars. Deal with issues as they come up, have a 10 year plan and actually DO IT!
Mason & Brophy are part of BCS ( Body Corporate Services).
The meeting should possible have been adjourned and a proper set of accounts re issued.
Not all hold ups are due to the Strata Manager, they are at times held up by the Committee/ Owners Corporation.
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