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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

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

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

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

Cannabis use in sectional title

By Paddocks One rule has come to the forefront recently with the legalisation of the use of cannabis within the home. As from 18 September 2018, the Constitutional Court’s ruling … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · 4 Comments

What is the difference between a Home Owners’ Association and a Sectional Title Scheme?

By Ané de Klerk Home owners’ associations (commonly referred to simply as “HOAs”) are becoming ever more popular each year. These community schemes, consisting of individual properties, which are exclusively … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · 1 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

Who scolds the sectional title tenants when they break the rules

By Paddocks Finding a suitable tenant to rent investment units in sectional title is becoming increasingly difficult. Credit checks, phone calls to previous landlords and checking for criminal records may … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 5 Comments

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

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