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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?

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November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Visitor parking bays in sectional title schemes

By Carryn Melissa Durham In this Carryn’s Corner article I would like to address the contentious topic of visitor parking bays in sectional title schemes. It’s no secret that parking … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 18 Comments

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 · 19 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 · 11 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 · 13 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 · 24 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 · 11 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

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
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