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...

A shortage of parking bays in a complex is bound to create management problems. Usually, there are more vehicles than there is parking space available on the grounds of the complex. Despite this, some residents ignore the shortage and add to the irritation factor of all concerned by using visitors’ bays and parking on common property. Using visitor bays Depending on the...

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...