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Renovating your home is a very exciting venture but it can also be quite stressful. In a sectional title complex, it is important to remember that there are rules - and neighbours - to be considered in the process of renovating your unit. The body corporate Firstly, the body corporate trustees have to be notified of your intention to renovate your unit...

The act of voting at body corporate meetings is what legitimises the implementation of the decisions taken. While it is the trustees’ responsibility to ensure that all votes are counted and recorded correctly, this function is generally delegated to the managing agent. The responsibility of keeping track of all the votes has dramatically increased with the changes in voting procedures at...

We live in the age of instant communication. These days, people seem less willing than before to spend time talking on the telephone or attending a meeting in person. Aside from the effect of COVID-19, the exponential growth of technology in the communication sphere has certainly added to the reluctance of people to connect in person. Community scheme management has certainly...

The Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (STSMA) brought many new compliance requirements for sectional title schemes. Although some of these are from the old legislation prior to 2016, most are new and require more frequent assessment. Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) All sectional title schemes are obliged to be registered with CSOS and each owner in a scheme must contribute a monthly...