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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.

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November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is common property?

By Dr. Carryn Melissa Durham A basic principle in sectional title schemes is that the body corporate must maintain the common property, while owners must each maintain their section. It’s … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · 10 Comments

Annual financial statements and the audit

By Zerlinda van der Merwe Two of the prescribed items of business to be dealt with at a sectional title scheme’s annual general meeting, is the consideration of the annual … Continue reading

November 1, 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

Sectional Title scheme management options

By Anton Kelly There is a surprising variety of options the owners in a sectional title scheme have regarding who manages their scheme. This is especially so in small schemes, … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Agent accreditation in community schemes

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In our consulting department, we are often instructed to review the governance documentation of community schemes, especially in light of the changes introduced by the … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Duties of scheme executives

By Zerlinda van der Merwe In this article, we will be taking a look at the additional duties of (community) scheme executives, who are responsible for the administration and management … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 2 Comments
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