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Category Archives: Legal

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

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

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

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

Review and approval of amended sectional title rules by the CSOS

By Paddocks Since the introduction of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 (“the STSMA”) on 7 October 2016, within 10 days of obtaining the required member approval … Continue reading

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Security for home owners’ associations

Is your estate’s security being well managed? In this blog post, find out seven tips that you can set in place in your home owners’ association to effectively manage your security processes.

May 29, 2019 · Leave a 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

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