Sectional title terminology can be quite confusing and two terms that often get confused by owners are ‘section’ and ‘unit’. While an apartment can be called either of these two terms, there are distinct differences between a section and a unit. Section A section is indicated on the sectional title plan of the scheme; it is demarcated with a solid line...

The keeping of pets in sectional title schemes is one of the most controversial issues faced in community schemes. Fortunately, owners and trustees can rely on the prescribed conduct rules or amended rules of their scheme to assist with this potentially challenging matter. Reviewing applications To keep a pet in a sectional title complex, you need to apply to the body corporate...

One of the most important decisions that members of a sectional title scheme make every year is the appointment of trustees. If this decision is taken lightly, it can potentially have a number of negative effects, both in the short- and long-term. The appointment of trustees has a direct effect on who will be appointed as the chairman; this is why...

While installing pre-paid meters or sub-meters mostly sound like a good idea, the reality is that many bodies corporate opt not to implement meters. The most common reasons include timing issues, the costs associated with the installation and the inconvenience to owners during the installation period. Part 7 of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act Regulations deals with the physical management...

Home security has become an all-important factor for South Africans to consider in their daily lives. The growing need for both domestic and commercial security created a massive industry that offers an ever-increasing range of security measures. No obligation to secure When reviewing the Act, it is evident that there is no obligation on trustees or owners to secure the scheme or...