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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

Electing a home owners’ association director

By Anton Kelly Because non-profit companies were dealt with in section 21 of the previously applicable Companies Act, you might still hear of home owners’ associations (HOAs) being referred to … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Are the rules and architectural guidelines in your HOA binding?

Despite the fundamental governance documentation for home owners’ associations (HOAs), almost all HOAs have additional documentation that restricts the way members can use their properties, conduct rules and architectural and landscaping guidelines being the most common. The question could be, though, are rules and architectural guidelines binding on HOA members?

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can’t subdivide? Sectionalise! – Duet sectional title schemes

Many property owners seek to exploit the potential of their properties by adding a second dwelling or by subdividing off a portion if the property is large enough. One of the possibilities is to raise the building by one or more storeys.

November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Trustees? Meetings? What trustees and meetings?

By Anton Kelly “In our sectional title scheme, it seems there are no trustees, no meetings, and no input by the owners in its management. How can this be?” A … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

CSOS application for dispute resolution form

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In this article, we will take a look at the form and content of the application to be completed and submitted to the Community Schemes … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fining Rules in Home Owners’ Associations

By Carryn Melissa Durham Recently I wrote an article on Fining Rules in Sectional Title Schemes. This article will deal with the validity of a penalty rule and the validity … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

When must the body corporate pay for my repairs?

By Anton Kelly Owners in sectional title schemes often think that the body corporate is automatically responsible to repair damage to their section if the damage is the result of … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 7 Comments

Alterations and renovations in sectional title schemes

By Zerlinda van der Merwe If you are an owner of a unit in a sectional title scheme, and you wish to undertake any alterations and / or renovations within … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Installing a borehole in sectional title schemes

By Dr Carryn Melissa Durham With the load shedding and interrupted electricity supply last year, Paddocks was inundated with queries on how bodies corporate could install generators in their schemes. … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · 5 Comments

Must the trustees send levy statements to owners in sectional title schemes?

By: Dr Carryn Melissa Durham The adoption of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 (“the STSMA”) has not altered the position that the trustees (or managing agent) … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sectional title developers: The Surveyor-General is watching!

By Anton Kelly A small, seemingly simple addition to the regulations under the Sectional Titles Act, 95 of 1986 “the Act”, has added significant consumer protection for owners in sectional … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

The body corporate’s responsibilities and duties regarding scheme rules

By Anton Kelly When talking about the rules in sectional title schemes, it’s important to understand what constitutes the rules that apply. The rules of a sectional title scheme are … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Home Owners’ Associations – What applies?

By Zerlinda van der Merwe Since the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (“the STSMA”) and the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act (“the CSOSA”) came into operation on 7 October 2016, … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 2 Comments
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