What is a Common Seal?

A strata scheme’s common seal is its legal signature, so it’s important the use of the common seal is properly controlled. All states require a strata and community title scheme to have a common seal and most states require it to be used only according to strict procedures. Some, but not all, states require a resolution before the seal can be used although this is the usual practice around Australia. The use of the common seal must be witnessed. The number of required witnesses varies from 1 to 3 from state to state, depending on how many owners there are in the scheme. The identity of witnesses also varies from state to state. Most states permit the use of the common seal to be delegated to the manager (although the Australian Capital Territory does not specifically cover the issue). Ref: Strata Community Aust.

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