Nepotism

 “The practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially giving them jobs” (Oxford Dictionary)

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Update August 2019 Since the management of the estate was taken over in April 2018, the practice of Nepotism appears to have diminished with regard to relatives of the existing committee.  Having said that it has been noted that the Managing Agent's husband who runs a carpet business has on occasion been employed by the Managing Agent to fit new carpets to the stairs and landing of the apartments - perhaps after all Nepotism is still being practiced on the estate, except this time by the new Managing Agent!

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20/7/18:  It would appear that Nepotism continues on the estate, currently a relative of the SRA's secretary is carrying out electrical work on the estate and wonder if estimates were obtained prior to the work being awarded to this particular person!

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The practice of Nepotism flourishes on the estate where it appears that at least one committee member has placed jobs directly with members of their own families.  Nepotism isn't illegal and is a normal and acceptable practice within a family run business, however the SRA is not such a company and requires transparency from the committee who have been elected by the residents to act on their behalf.

There are some associated concerns related to this practice which need to be voiced:

1)    Are the recipients of this practice qualified tradespeople and do they have the necessary Indemnity Insurance?

2)    Are these recipients required to submit estimates or quotes for any such work or is it taken for granted that they will automatically be given the work?

The committee have voluntarily taken on the responsibility to act at all times in the interests of the residents they represent, and to conduct themselves in a fair and open manner, it is hoped that they do so in future and drop the practice of nepotism.

  • April 2018 - the practice continues.

  • March 2018 - there has been no comment from the director, the committee as a whole or the individual committee member concerned - the practice continues.

 

February 17, 2020

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