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Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and sectional title schemes are referred to as community schemes. There are many differences between these types of schemes; in this blog, we will mainly focus on the laws that govern these two types of schemes and how to amend their rules. The laws that govern HOA Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) can either be subject to a constitution (in the...

In part 1 of this blog, we discussed the three P’s: People, parking and pets which are generally the biggest points of contention in sectional title schemes. Aside from the three P’s, there are five further rules providing guidance in how to effectively govern behaviour in sectional title schemes. These are: Waste disposal Refuse disposal that is not controlled can lead to...

Community scheme living can be challenging as it often involves people from diverse backgrounds and with different personal preferences. Issues that become a point of contention involve noise disturbance, the keeping of pets, parking problems and refuse disposal, to name only a few. Know the rules The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (STSMA) has prescribed rules know as conduct rules which schemes...

In sectional title schemes there is a collective responsibility on the various owners to ensure their scheme is well managed and maintained. This collective responsibility extends to the critical aspect of health and safety. It is generally understood that the body corporate is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the common areas while the owners are responsible for the inside...

Why do sectional title schemes need a 10-year maintenance plan and what is its purpose? In this blog, we look at answering these questions along with listing some of the major advantages. A legal requirement In the past, many community schemes have found themselves in financial distress due to poor planning by trustees, or due to push back from owners not wanting...