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Category Archives: body corporate

Video Surveillance in sectional title schemes

By Graham Paddock Video surveillance equipment is being installed in more and more sectional title schemes, not just at access points but also on the common property within the schemes. … Continue reading

January 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Procedure for the conducting of General and Trustee Meetings during Level 3 Lockdown

By Auren Freitas dos Santos On the 23rd of June 2020, the Community Schemes Ombud Service issued a notice providing clarity on body corporate and trustee meetings during level three … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

How many trustees should we have?

By Ané de Klerk Finding good samaritans to selflessly offer their time to serve their body corporate as trustees can be tough. On the flip side of the coin, some … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Responsibility to repair and replace windows and doors

By Paddocks We often get queries on who is responsible for the maintenance (including repair or replacement) of windows and doors within sectional title schemes. In this article, I will … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Prescription of levies

By Ané de Klerk One of the biggest headaches of community scheme management has to be dealing with the collection of arrear levies. Recovering money from those who have fallen … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Parking problems

By Paddocks We often categorise the issues we experience in sectional title schemes as the “3 ‘P’s’ of sectional title living”, namely pets, parking and people, which are more often … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Enclosures and decks – section extensions or not?

By Paddocks The Sectional Titles Act, 95 of 1986 (“the STA”) defines a section as an area shown as a section in the sectional plan for that scheme.  The STA … Continue reading

December 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Water Amendment By-Law

By Zerlinda van der Merwe Irrespective of where you live in South Africa, you are likely to have, at one time or another, encountered water restrictions and the possibility of … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Valid fining rules in sectional title schemes

By Paddocks Sectional title schemes all have conduct rules that owners and other occupiers must obey. It makes sense that the sharing of space and facilities is regulated. The Sectional … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

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