Thinking Inside the Box

A Paddocks Sectional Title Lifestyle Blog

House rules in sectional title schemes

By Carryn Melissa Durham I often get asked questions about house rules. Recently a question was posted on the Paddocks Facebook page: In this blog post I will discuss the … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 14 Comments

Pets and property prices in sectional title schemes

By guest writer: Estie Kretschmer A few months ago I read an article by Jennifer Paddock (1), where she mentioned an Australian study about the positive influence of pet-friendly complexes on property … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 8 Comments

Update on the third generation sectional title legislation

By Carryn Melissa Durham There has been lots of confusion regarding the third generation sectional titles legislation. Some of the questions I am often asked are: Are the new Acts … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 13 Comments

Duties of managing agents

By Anton Kelly Managing agents get a lot of criticism from owners. No doubt some is justified – we all make mistakes and sometimes have gaps in our expert knowledge. To … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 9 Comments

Wake up and smell the POPI

By Carryn Melissa Durham The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPI”) gives effect to the constitutional right to privacy while advancing the right of access to information. The … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Illegal and uncontrolled extensions of sections

By Anton Kelly A common problem in sectional title schemes is owners who illegally extend their sections. Probably the most typical example is enclosing patios, but often illegal extensions encroach onto … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Appearance restrictions in community schemes

By Anton Kelly Property owners in homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and sectional title schemes often run foul of seemingly draconian rules that limit or completely remove their freedom to decide on the … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Getting into shape in sectional title schemes: health and fitness facilities

By Carryn Melissa Durham Over the last twenty years there has been an increased focus on health and fitness. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made by people … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

In Defence of Managing Agents

By Jennifer Paddock Managing Agent. Now there’s a job I don’t want to do again. Why? It’s (insert expletive here) hard!   It’s a job that requires a person to … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 17 Comments

Can the Trustees Disconnect My Electricity?

Carryn Durham, who manages the Paddocks Consulting Team, is a featured property-law expert on Property24. She recently answered a reader question about whether the trustees of a body corporate are … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 10 Comments

A Great Idea: Pre-purchase Reports for Sectional Title Properties

By Jennifer Paddock As many of you know, I spent a few years living in Australia and working in Strata (Sectional) Title there. In Australia, when a person is looking … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 8 Comments

Warring Neighbours in a Sectional Title Duet

By Prof. Graham Paddock The term ‘duet’ normally suggests cooperation and harmony, but in the world of sectional title, it has a less appealing connotation. I read with interest the … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Must an Owner Pay for a New Exclusive Use Right?

By Prof. Graham Paddock Owners and trustees in sectional schemes regularly enquire whether the body corporate can charge money for the grant of exclusive use rights. Typically, the common property … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Chairpersons in Sectional Title: What You Need to Know

By Jennifer Paddock In sectional title schemes the chairperson can be mistaken for (or decide to be) “the king of the castle”. But although a committed chairperson may well work … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Theft of Funds from Sectional Title Schemes: Managing Agency Malfeasance

  By Prof. Paddock According to a recent Personal Finance report, the Estate Agency Affairs Board is dealing with another theft by a managing agent, this being the most recent … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 22 Comments

Liability for Levies When a Unit Changes Hands

By Jennifer Paddock Ordinary Levies The situation with ordinary/general levies is straightforward as it is catered for the Sectional Titles Act (the Act). Once the trustees have raised an ordinary … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 9 Comments

10 Questions Trustees Should Ask Before Approving Owner Changes to Common Property

By Jennifer Paddock In this post I recommend 10 questions the trustees should consider when an owner is seeking permission to permanently alter the common property. If an owner indicates … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 11 Comments

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

By Mark Graubner, Australian Sales Manager – Mystrata   A little while ago I was talking to an owner of a sectional title management business.  We’ll name this guy ‘John’ for … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Distinguishing between Luxurious and Non-Luxurious Improvements to Common Property

By Jennifer Paddock In a recent post I dealt with how luxurious and non-luxurious improvements to the common property need to be authorized. In this post I look at how … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 11 Comments

Improving Communication in Community Schemes

By Prof. Graham Paddock Apart from financial stability, perhaps the second most important element in ensuring the successful operation of a community scheme is communication – how well the trustees … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 5 Comments

Authorising Luxurious and Non-Luxurious Improvements to Common Property

By Jennifer Paddock Prescribed Management Rule 33 provides different procedures and consent levels for authorizing luxurious and non-luxurious improvements to the common property in a sectional title scheme.   Luxurious … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

Can an Owner Run a Business From Home in Sectional Title?

By Carryn Mellisa Durham A question that pops up again and again for the Paddocks team is: Can an owner run a business from his section in a sectional title … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 9 Comments

Jen’s 5 Top Tips for Managing Agencies: Keeping Your Staff and Customers Happy

By Jennifer Paddock 1. Reduce Staff Turnover – Consistency is Key for Client Retention There is a definite link between consistency of staff and client retention in sectional title management … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Building on an Exclusive Use Area: Extension vs Improvement

By Carryn Melissa Durham   Paddocks received a question on its Facebook wall last week, which has inspired this blog post. Caroll Meiring wrote: This question got me thinking…   … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 40 Comments

Special Resolutions by Email – Q&A

By Jennifer Paddock One of my readers recently asked me a question relating to proposed special resolutions being sent out using email which I thought I’d share with you: Question: … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

Community Scheme Ombud Service – An Overview

An overview of the ‘CSOS’ by Prof. Graham Paddock of Paddocks, the Consultants to the Government on the legislation: The Community Scheme Ombud Service Act, No. 9 of 2011 (“the … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 30 Comments

Body Corporate Pecking Order

Developer Leaps tall buildings in a single bound More powerful than a locomotive Faster than a speeding bullet Water skis without a boat Debates interpretation of rules with the Dalai … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Online Review Site for Sectional Title Industry

By Jennifer Paddock According to a survey from Dimensional Research a staggering 90% of consumers say buying decisions are influenced by online reviews. When one considers the popularity of websites … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 20 Comments

How to Remove the Chairperson of a Body Corporate

By Jennifer Paddock Here at Paddocks we get this question often. It goes something like this: Question: I would like to know the correct procedure for removing a chairperson and … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 17 Comments

Levy Collections in Sectional Title Schemes

By Jennifer Paddock I’ve been writing articles about sectional title for a long time now – this will be my 8th year. And my memory is not that amazing! So … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Special Resolution Loophole

By Jennifer Paddock Most people think that passing a special resolution requires 75% of all owners to agree to the resolution. Not necessarily true. If you’re not sure what the … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Can Sectional Title Trustees be Paid?

By Jennifer Paddock The position of a sectional title trustee is a voluntary and often thankless one. Dedicated trustees put a lot of their free time and a mountain of … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 19 Comments

The Carrot and Stick Approach: Early Levy Payment Discounts

By Professor Graham Paddock “Carrot and Stick Approach” is a term used to refer to a policy of both offering a reward and threatening a punishment to persuade a person … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

Reserve Funds – What You Need to Know

By Jennifer Paddock Once the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act comes into force Reserve Funds for bodies corporate will be mandatory and the Minister will prescribe mandatory minimum amounts… This … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 18 Comments

Trustees Meetings – The Law Around Notice and Attendance

By Jennifer Paddock Notice of a trustees meeting must, in principle, be given to all persons entitled to attend that meeting. The persons entitled to attend a meeting of trustees … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 16 Comments

No Quorum No Problem – Interim Resolutions

By Jennifer Paddock Getting a quorum for an AGM or SGM can be as hard as finding a sectional title scheme without a VIP (Very Impossible Person! – Ok, I … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 8 Comments

Save Sweet Sophie! A Case Study of Trustees Withdrawing Consent

By Carryn Melissa Durham Paddocks received a post on its Facebook wall last night which touched the Paddocks FaceBook Fans and has inspired the Paddocks team to write this blog … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 19 Comments

Taming Disruptive People in Sectional Title Meetings

By Jennifer Paddock Show off, rambler, obnoxious, nitpicker, bore, latecomer, naysayer and just-plain-old-rude. These adjectives are often used to describe people at sectional title meetings. So how do we deal … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · 13 Comments

How Private is Your Section, Really?

By Anton Kelly One of the fundamental rights of property ownership is the right to control who comes onto your property. But like many other rights, this right is limited. … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

HUGE Announcement! Paddocks Partners with Mystrata

By Jennifer Paddock We are SO SO excited to announce that Paddocks has joined forces with Mystrata to bring their incredible property management software to the South Africa sectional title … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

How to Take Trustee Decisions via Email

By Jennifer Paddock Trustee decisions can be taken in one of two ways: 1) At a meeting of trustees, by majority vote. 2) By round robin resolution – a written … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 31 Comments

Stop Living in the Dark Ages: Online Meetings in Sectional Title

By Jennifer Paddock Everything is moving online. And many things already have. Who has time to sit in a queue at the bank and wait for a teller? No one, … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 5 Comments

Pre-paid meters in sectional tile schemes

By Anton Kelly One of the major financial problems encountered by many sectional titles schemes these days is the recovery of services costs. Quite simply, owners and tenants just don’t … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Unanimous Resolutions – How to Pass them PROPERLY

By Jennifer Paddock A unanimous resolution is the type of agreement amongst sectional title owners that is required for very important decisions such as: the sale or long lease (over … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 18 Comments

Special Resolutions – How to Pass them Properly

By Jennifer Paddock It’s a question that comes up time and time again – how does a body corporate pass a special resolution properly? There are SO many misunderstandings around … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 27 Comments

Unfinancial Owners Can’t Vote… Sometimes!

By Jennifer Paddock You’ve probably heard that if an owner of a unit in a sectional title scheme is in arrears with his levies he is not entitled to vote. … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · 10 Comments

Can a Body Corporate Screen Tenants?

By Jennifer Paddock Letting agents are supposed to screen potential tenants from a financial perspective (credit history and current salary) as well as a security perspective (criminal records and the … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 17 Comments

Best Sectional Title Management Software I’ve Seen!

by Jennifer Paddock I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY! Yesterday I was lucky enough to be given a demo by David Bugden and Leslie Leahy, from Mystrata, of their Sectional Title … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 15 Comments

Balcony Enclosure Cheat Sheet

by Jennifer Paddock Many schemes are initially built with open balconies but over the years certain owners decide they’d prefer their balcony to be enclosed. I live in an apartment … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Prostitution in Sectional Title Schemes

by Jennifer Paddock In the last few weeks I’ve heard of three different sectional title schemes in Cape Town struggling with prostitutes. The severity and nature of the prostitute problems … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 9 Comments

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