A body corporate is required to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) within 4 months after the end of its financial year. The meeting notice should be sent out at least 14 days prior to the meeting. All meetings other than the AGM are called special general meetings (SGM). The notice period required to hold SGMs is 30 days but this...

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,...

One of the most important decisions the members of a sectional title scheme must make every year is the appointment of trustees to manage the affairs of a body corporate. Unfortunately, it is not always given the consideration it deserves and internal conflict often results in members voting against candidates they dislike as opposed to voting for people based on...

A body corporate is a community of owners living in a complex where a harmonious living environment is expected. Members of a body corporate own an undivided share of the common property together with their units and contribute to the general expenses of the scheme via their levy contributions. It follows that owners expect to have a say in decisions made...

Conduct rules are rules that have been created to encourage harmonious living in a sectional title scheme and to uphold the standards by which the buildings and other areas in a scheme are maintained. There are eight prescribed conduct rules as laid out in the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act; they are: Keeping of animals, reptiles and birds Refuse and waste...