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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...

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...