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A body corporate is responsible for the maintenance of the common property of the scheme which includes planned and unforeseen maintenance. Maintenance to water damaged areas tends to raise the question: “Who is responsible for the repairs after a leak has been discovered?” To determine this one needs to establish where the leak originates and what caused the leak. Leaks originating from...

Living in a sectional title scheme has many advantages but one very distinctive disadvantage is being exposed to noise disturbances. This can be a challenging problem to deal with but let’s look at what the prescribed conduct rules say about noise disturbance in the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act: Rule 7 deals with how occupiers and visitors in schemes should...

If you are unsure about whether or your trustees are doing a good job of managing the body corporate, there are a few specific areas that you can investigate. In this article, we discuss five of the most important signs of poor body corporate management, namely poor recovery of levies, late or missed AGMs, slow (or no) response to repairs and...

This is a question as old as the profession of property management itself. Some bodies corporate believe that by appointing a managing agent, they are handing over the management of their scheme, pretty much in its entirety, to the managing agent. Managing agents should also be precise about the responsibilities they are taking on as well as those they are not...

Managing a sectional title body corporate can be complex, requiring regular checks to keep the scheme updated on its legal obligations. While trustees and managing agents should work together on these tasks, trustees are ultimately responsible for the management of the scheme and having a checklist of tasks can ease the process. This blog focuses on the most important items that...