The slapper more than left his mark on the executive committee.Flat Chat has been running its own version of The Slap on the website, with a Flatchatter complaining that after they were hit by a member of the executive committee, the strata insurer stumped up for the assailant’s legal bills of about $1600, despite it being agreed in court that it was a personal matter.
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The insurer has been told that the slapper misled it about the nature of the case but it has, apparently, decided to do nothing to recover its money. Now another neighbour has called an extraordinary general meeting to pass a motion that the owners corp consider the matter closed.

This, our correspondent says, is despite the fact that insurance premiums for the block have been increased as a result of the claim and their slap-happy neighbour is still on the executive committee. The majority of people in the development either don’t know about the assault or don’t care, says Slapped, whose bulletin-board campaign to reveal the facts has resulted in a visit by two police officers threatening that Slapped could be subjected to an AVO.

What can the victim do?

First, the insurance company might have decided, as a simple business decision, that if the owners corp isn’t bothered about it, increased premiums will make tossing the file into the too-hard basket a bit more cost-effective. It can cost more to win a legal action than to let it go.

However, no one who uses physical violence or threats should be allowed near an executive committee. As column regular ScotlandX says: ”Even if they had been conducting EC business, slapping someone is outside their ambit.” He adds that if there was a fraud committed against the insurer, then by voting to ignore it owners become party to that fraud and might be liable if the insurer decides to take it further. The owners and strata manager need to take a good, hard look at this.

It’s a messy business and it could run and run. An ABC TV drama? Perhaps not, but there’s a lot more dialogue on the Flat Chat Forum.

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