A common question regarding trustees at the annual general meeting (AGM) is about the number of trustees that need to be appointed. Curiously, there is no definitive answer or legislative guidance to provide light on this subject, making this an interesting question to delve into. Legislative requirements In a new sectional title development, all the registered owners are trustees until the first general meeting of the body...

Bodies corporate are legal entities that can institute or face legal action. Trustees are appointed to act on behalf of a body corporate and like company directors, trustees are required to perform their duties and functions diligently within the confines of the governing sectional title laws. Various written resolutions are required in terms of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (STSMA)...

Not all sectional title investors elect to live in the complex where they purchased a unit. It is quite common to buy in sectional title schemes with the intention of letting. Body corporate requirements Renting out an apartment is not always as simple as it may seem. The body corporate may have rules around how long an apartment may be rented; it...

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...

There is a lot of talk about the new POPI Act (Protection of Personal Information Act) and the impact it will have on personal information held by third parties. Some sectional title owners may have concerns as to how safe their personal information is with the body corporate or managing agent. What is the POPI Act? The purpose of the POPI Act...