One of the many reasons a sectional title complex or estate is so attractive to property owners is the sense of security it provides. What happens when your apartment or house is broken into, who is responsible for your loss? Is it the body corporate, the estate manager, the security company or the managing agent? Responsibility to secure In a sectional title scheme, the owner is...

Levies - or contributions, as they are referred to in the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act No 8 of 2011 - are the lifeblood of a body corporate’s successful existence. Without contributions paid by all members, the body corporate is unable to pay for services provided. The direct result of this may include legal action against the body corporate for...

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...

Making provision for reserve funds in the annual budget of a body corporate has always been a bit of a guessing game for trustees. Some trustees preferred to keep the levies as low as possible and to rather raise a special levy when the need arises as opposed to maintaining higher levies that secured a sufficient reserve fund over time...