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Category Archives: body corporate

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 · Leave a comment

Trustees squander scheme money

By Paddocks An owner in a sectional title scheme objected to the idea of the body corporate building up a large cash reserve that the trustees could just squander. It … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Top 5 tips for first time sectional title trustees

By Paddocks The trustees in sectional title schemes are elected at the annual general meeting (“AGM”) and very often the same people are elected year after year. Even if new … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Improving your EUA – a few things to consider

By Zerlinda van der Merwe There is a common misconception amongst owners in sectional title schemes that they have the right to do anything to their exclusive use areas (“EUA’s”), … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Trustees and their powers

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In our consulting department, we are often told by owners in sectional title schemes, that the reason they cannot do something they would like to … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bodies corporate need to budget for the education and training of the trustees

By Paddocks Trustees in sectional title schemes have many powers and duties as set out in the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act, 8 of 2011 (“the STSM Act”). These powers … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

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