Section 18: Duties and powers of corporation

(1) The corporation shall-
(a) maintain the common parts and the property of the corporation in a state of good and serviceable repair and clean condition;
(b) carry out such work as may be ordered or required in respect of the common parts by any public officer or public body in exercise of the powers conferred by any Ordinance;
(c) do all things reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the obligations contained in the deed of mutual covenant (if any) for the control, management and administration of the building.
(2) A corporation may, in its discretion-
(a) engage and remunerate staff for any purpose relating to the powers or duties of the corporation under this Ordinance or the deed of mutual covenant (if any); (Amended 27 of 1993 s. 17) (aa) subject to such terms and conditions as to attendance at meetings of a management committee and its sub-committees as the management committee may determine, pay the chairman, vice-chairman (if any), secretary and treasurer of the management committee appointed under section 14(2) or paragraph 2(1), 5(2), 6 or 6A of Schedule 2 such allowances as may be approved by the corporation by resolution passed at a general meeting, in accordance with, but in aggregate not exceeding, the maximum allowances specified in Schedule 4; (Added 27 of 1993 s. 17. Amended 5 of 2007 s. 50)
(b) retain and remunerate accountants for the purposes of auditing the corporation’s books of accounts and preparing the annual income and expenditure accounts and balance sheets;
(c) retain and remunerate a manager or other professional trade or business firm or person to carry out on behalf of the corporation any of the duties or powers of the corporation under this Ordinance or the deed of mutual covenant (if any); (Amended 27 of 1993 s. 17)
(d) (Repealed 69 of 2000 s. 10)
(e) purchase, hire or otherwise acquire movable property for use by the owners in connection with their enjoyment of the common parts or to satisfy any requirement of a public officer or public body for the purpose of any Ordinance;
(f) establish and maintain lawns, gardens and playgrounds on the common parts; (fa) carry out any renovation, improvement or decoration work, as the case may be, to the common parts; (Added 12 of 1998 s. 5)
(g) act on behalf of the owners in respect of any other matter in which the owners have a common interest. (Amended 27 of 1993 s. 17)
(2A) Without prejudice to the generality of subsections (1) and (2), the corporation in the performance of its duties and the exercise of its powers under this section shall have regard to and be guided by Codes of Practice issued from time to time under section 44(1). (Added 69 of 2000 s. 10)
(3) For the avoidance of doubt, it is declared that a member of a management committee shall not be entitled to receive an allowance under subsection (2)(aa) in respect of more than one office held by him at the same time. (Added 27 of 1993 s. 17)
(4) No provision in a deed of mutual covenant or other agreement shall operate to prevent a member of a management committee who is entitled to receive an allowance under subsection (2)(aa) from receiving that allowance and any such provision, including a provision purporting to substitute some lesser allowance (howsoever named) for that allowance, shall be void and of no effect. (Added 27 of 1993 s. 17) (Amended 5 of 2007 s. 14)

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