Sectional title developments typically have standardised designs and uniform materials are selected for windows and doors. Although windows and doors are part of a section, they effectively form part of the common property. While the management and maintenance of common property are the trustees’ responsibility, owners are responsible for 50% of the cost to maintain windows and doors. Replacing windows or doors When...

One of the most important decisions the members of a sectional title scheme must make every year is the appointment of trustees to manage the affairs of a body corporate. Unfortunately, it is not always given the consideration it deserves and internal conflict often results in members voting against candidates they dislike as opposed to voting for people based on...

Conduct rules are rules that have been created to encourage harmonious living in a sectional title scheme and to uphold the standards by which the buildings and other areas in a scheme are maintained. There are eight prescribed conduct rules as laid out in the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act; they are: Keeping of animals, reptiles and birds Refuse and waste...

It is a common myth that exclusive use areas do not form part of the common property. The truth is that exclusive use areas (EUAs) do form part of the common property; however, the owner has exclusive use of this area – for example, an enclosed garden. The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act No 8 of 2011 determines that it...

Once a body corporate already holds substantial funds in reserve, do they need to keep contributing to the maintenance reserve? In this blog, we address this question about reserve funds. What does the Act say? Naturally, owners do not want to make unnecessary payments, especially considering that the fact that when they sell their apartment, they will not be able to withdraw...