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Sectional title scheme management can be hard!

By Paddocks There are various factors that can make management of a sectional title scheme difficult but fighting among owners and trustees is one of the more unpleasant. The end … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Levies – can it be determined only according to PQ?

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In the majority of sectional title schemes, contributions towards the administrative and reserve funds of the body corporate are raised and recovered in proportion to … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Ways to increase income in your body corporate

By Paddocks Although a body corporate should not have “making a profit” as their primary function, it is notable that the trustees are tasked with doing all things reasonably necessary … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The duties of community scheme executives

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In this article, we will be taking a look at the duties of the executives of community schemes, such as trustees and directors, as prescribed … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Application for permission to keep pets in sectional title schemes

By Dr Carryn Melissa Durham Some of the most contentious issues that arise in sectional title schemes start with the letter “p” and include parties, people, plants, parking, pigeons, and … Continue reading

May 9, 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

Why is the audit a problem in sectional title schemes?

By Anton Kelly Sectional title legislation requires schemes to have their annual financial statements audited and presented to the members for their consideration at a general meeting, and it must … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 5 Comments
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