One of the most confusing terms in sectional title is exclusive use areas (EUAs). Owners with exclusive use rights are often the first who find themselves unfamiliar with their obligations regarding EUAs. Types of exclusive use areas EUAs can be defined as areas that are part of the common property of a scheme for the exclusive use of certain owners. An owner enjoying exclusive rights to an...

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...

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 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...

With the promulgation of the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act of 2011 (the Act), community schemes and its members are given an alternative forum where they may resolve their differences. Disputes between owners, with the trustees or with the managing agent may be lodged with the Ombud service for conciliation. The functions of CSOS The Community Schemes Ombud Service has a juristic nature,...