One of the many benefits of living in a community scheme is the security but sometimes, access to sections is needed for legitimate reasons and cannot be reasonably refused. Maintenance and inspection The structure of a multi-level complex is of such a nature that it involves various ducts with pipes, cables and other components essential in supplying services to the individual apartments...

Being a property manager – or more accurately a portfolio manager – can be a thankless job. The reality is that most of our calls involve clients complaining about something that is wrong at their building but this is our job: we have to serve our clients with patience, humility and compassion. We accept that our role is essentially to...

The new Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 2011 and the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 2011 have just been released. These amendments will have important implications to the management of sectional title schemes. On 1 October 2016 the long-awaited Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 2011 and the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 2011 were signed by the President of South...

Property in sectional title schemes and homeowners' associations (HOA) are the two fastest growing homeowner sectors in South Africa. The need for security, urbanisation and smaller space living are some of the factors driving this trend. Sectional title scheme The Sectional Title Act (replaced by the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act on 1 October 2016) governs the manner in which a sectional...

One of the many benefits of living in a sectional title scheme is the advantage of seeing maintenance and repairs being done without you needing to organise it yourself or even knowing what is being done and why. Most owners in sectional title schemes purchase their units and know that they will be paying a levy every month to the body...