Maintaining the common property in a sectional title scheme is the body corporate’s responsibility. The scheme’s annual budget must make provision for both planned and unplanned maintenance during the financial year. Does this budget have to include provisions for maintenance to windows in the scheme? Bodies corporate often neglect to make the necessary provisions for this kind of maintenance resulting in a...

Being a trustee in a sectional title scheme is by all accounts a thankless job for which there is usually no payment offered. Why then, do people make themselves available to perform the duties of a trustee? Why be a trustee? Trustees are generally owners in a sectional title scheme who want to be involved in the day-to-day management of the complex....

Sectional title is filled with procedural requirements that need to be followed by owners, trustees and the body corporate to achieve certain objectives. Extending a section or improving an exclusive use area (EUA) falls within specific requirements of the Act. It is important to note the difference between the two and what is required for each of them. Extending a section A section...

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...