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Maintaining and repairing exclusive use areas

By Auren Freitas dos Santos We deal with a number of disputes relating to exclusive use areas in sectional title schemes. The majority of disputes involve disagreements about who is … Continue reading

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Amended rules – your obligations now

By Ané de Klerk Once a body corporate has passed the relevant resolutions, submitted their amended rules to the Community Schemes Ombud Service and received that all-important certificate of approval … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Occupational Health and Safety in Sectional Title Schemes

By Graham Paddock Trustees often ask: ‘Must sectional title bodies corporate comply with the Occupational Health and Safety legislation?’ The answer is ‘no’, unless they directly employ a worker. Under … Continue reading

April 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

A room with a view, (well…, sort of)

By Auren Freitas dos Santos It is natural for property owners to use and develop their property to the fullest extent possible in order to increase the habitable area of … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Compulsory and optional sectional title building insurance

By Auren Freitas dos Santos One of the most important functions of a body corporate is to insure the scheme’s buildings.  This function requires the body corporate to insure all … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to get a sectional owner to pay for use rights, or remove unauthorised improvements.

By Graham Paddock It is not unusual for sectional title schemes to include parts of the common property that are exclusively used, improved and/or enclosed by owners, but which are … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

Are you well enough prepared for that board meeting?

By Ané de Klerk As a community scheme executive (trustee of a body corporate, director of a non-profit company home owners’ association; trustee of a common law home owners’ association … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Requirements for appointing temporary sectional title trustees

By Graham Paddock The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act, 2011 and its prescribed rules, do not allow individual trustees to appoint proxies to represent them at trustee meetings. However, the … Continue reading

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Our owners just don’t care

By Ané de Klerk One of the most challenging aspects of managing sectional title schemes, has to be the widespread lack of engagement by owners. Whilst some schemes are spoilt … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Forthcoming Property Practitioners Act

By Graham Paddock The Property Practitioners Bill was first proposed in 2013. Parliament has now adopted the latest version (reference B21-2018). The next step is for the President to sign … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Creating parking bays in your scheme

By Ané de Klerk Record shows that the number of registered vehicles in South Africa has doubled in the past 20 years. With more than 12 million registered vehicles on … Continue reading

September 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

What can sectional title trustees do when scheme budgets prove insufficient?

By Graham Paddock Budgeting is not an exact science. This article will concentrate on the various processes the trustees can follow when they find that they don’t have enough money … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abandon ship!

By Auren Freitas dos Santos Are you wondering what steps you could take to protect yourself from going down with the sinking ship that is your body corporate? A result … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

Is my home owners’ association a non-profit company or common law association and what does that mean?

By Ané de Klerk All home owners’ association (“HOAs”) can be split into two categories: common law associations and non-profit companies. While all HOAs share some similarities, their different legal … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

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