There are those who think it is inappropriate for someone who runs a Strata Management company who deals with property developers for a living to also act as a Councillor.
There are also those who believe that a Mayor who is actively seeking to evict residents and shut down parks and pools for developments, is someone who should not run a strata management company.
Liberal Party Councillor and Former Mayor Len Robinson for Blacktown Council is not one of those.
Regular readers will recognise the name Len Robinson from articles I have written previously regarding attempts to close down child care centres, public pools, and informing residents of councils plans to acquire their houses. All as part of a campaign to see the development of high density dwellings of which the majority will likely need the services of a strata management company.
Wixxyleaks has become aware of a number of complaints regarding the business practices of Len Robinson Strata Management in several strata developments. These complaints involve various issues that include allegations of the vast inflation of costs of goods and services without prior approval from the relevant community association. If the allegations are accurate it would appear that Mr Robinson and his firm have been running something similar to an old school protection racket, taking a hefty cut on any work being done in the community involved.
One of these communities is in Stanhope Gardens and some disturbing information has surfaced regarding the manner in which Len Robinson Strata Management has dealt with those in this community.
Many would call this a conflict of interest given Len Robinson was actually the Mayor of Blacktown Council during the time he managed this community which is part of Blacktown Council
The residents living in this community which is made up of just over 150 homes had their management through Len Robinson Strata Management as their appointed manager up until 15th August 2014, however that appointment has now expired.
Since the expiration of the compulsory management in August, Len Robinson Strata Management has continued to manage the association without an agreement. Without authorisation the company has continued to do all of the work it was doing during the period of compulsory management and has operated the trust account and paid itself from the association’s funds.
In what can be described as bullying tactics Len Robinson Strata Management (LRSM) have sought to unlawfully convene a special meeting of the Community Association for the 20th November to seek appointment for a further five years.
LRSM have no right to call such a meeting as their appointment ceased to exist on 15th August. In fact LRSM only saw fit to seek to call this meeting after engaging in questionable behaviour.
The executive committee met with LRSM on the 24th October and worked out a verbal agreement for a 12 month extension of the firm’s appointment. That agreement was to be sent in writing so that it could be considered by the Executive Committee prior to a notice of meeting being issued by the secretary of the association and signed off.
Instead, on the 29 October 2014, LRSM without the approval of the Executive committee or secretary, sought to convene the special meeting it would appear to push through an agreement for 5 years that bore only a vague resemblance to the agreement discussed only days earlier.
Len Robinson have about as much right to call this meeting as I have a right to call a Senate Hearing. To attempt to call such a meeting is sheer arrogance.
Below are links that show two versions of the agreement from Len Robinson Strata Management.
Page two shows that the version of events from Len Robinson Strata Management is a five-year appointment when only one year was being discussed.
However it is the actual agreement on page three that is the most alarming. The appointment term is once again five years however the Common Seals have been stamped on the document with no signatures at all, this is supposed to be done before a witness who would sign the document at the same time. This is a highly irregular and questionable practice.
However the top Common Seal is that of the Community Association whom LRSM no longer represented as of August 15. LRSM have absolutely no right at all to use the Common Seal for an Association they do not represent.
I hate to think how many laws or codes of conduct this violates.
The second version below also has irregularities
You will notice that on page one it states a five-year appointment despite the executive committee and the owners at the 23rd September meeting, only agreeing to a one year term.
On the actual agreement on page two whether it is incompetence or a trick it actually states one year on the agreement that I note is backdated to the 26th August.
The theory is that once the document is signed and it is “discovered” that the term of the appointment is different to what is in the minutes (which are incorrect) LRSM will have the authority to change it to five years and claim that is what was reflected in the minutes.
LRSM were responsible for preparing these minutes. It has been alleged that past minutes have not reflected the meetings. In layman’s terms it is referred to as attempting to slip one past the keeper.
However it is not just the bully tactics, company seals, backdated agreements, and misrepresented minutes, as I mentioned earlier there is the matter of thousands of dollars being withdrawn from the Community Associations trust account without authorisation.
Below is a link showing the expenses that have been deducted from or charged to the community through LRSM. I have marked transactions that occurred after the LRSM appointment had expired.
What right did Len Robinson Strata Management have to take this money? In what way is this not a straight forward case of theft?
Both Len Robinson and his company were asked this amongst other questions and neither Mr Robinson nor his firm have responded.
Many I have spoken to say they believe that Len Robinson and his firm usually bully committee’s and believe they can ride roughshod over them as they usually only have limited knowledge of strata management procedures and practices. However this time it looks like Len Robinson has tried these tactics on the wrong people.
Len Robinson is a Liberal Party councillor and it seems to be a betrayal that the party that endorses Mr Robinson is asking for the communities support each election while it would appear the man they endorse is attempting to bleed the community dry.
I also note that Len Robinson Strata Management has thus far refused to hand over information regarding the community it no longer looks after, including email details of those who live in the community.
Another of the questions Mr Robinson refused to respond to was this;
“Do you or your company or the Liberal Party use the addresses, email addresses, or any information at all on any of the residents in communities your firm manages for direct mailout, email, campaigning, or any other Liberal Party purpose at all, or do you supply any residents details at all to the Liberal Party or have you ever passed this information on to any other members of the Liberal Party?”
This is just a few of the issues involving just one of the strata communities that Len Robinson has been involved with or is still involved with.
I am told that the community association is due to meet on the 5th of December to appoint a new Strata Manager, as yet there has been no decision as to who that will be.
However I’m pretty sure I can tell you who it won’t be.