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As South Africa's real estate landscape continues to evolve, lifestyle estates have emerged as a prominent choice for those seeking a harmonious blend of luxury living and recreational amenities. The future of lifestyle estates in the country is poised for exciting transformations, with a focus on essential amenities, prudent financial investments, and the creation of conducive environments for an enhanced...

The body corporate is obligated to carry out the responsibilities assigned to it under the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (‘STSMA’) or in accordance with the rules, with the aim of establishing and sustaining an administrative fund that adequately covers the estimated annual operating costs for the repair, maintenance, management, and administration of the common property. Administrative budget The creation of a...

Smoke is always a controversial issue in sectional title schemes due to the proximity in which people live. In South Africa, smoking tobacco products is governed and regulated by the Tobacco Products Control Act (TBCA), which regulates smoking in public places, among other functions, and is defined as “any indoor, enclosed or partially enclosed area which is open to the public”. While...

Owners can be left frustrated when they have planned an alteration or renovation and then realize that they require the trustees’ approval before any work can be carried out. This is why it is important that owners familiarize themselves with the rules of the body corporate so that planned alterations and renovation can proceed without any unnecessary delays. Below are some...

Sound financial management is absolutely critical for a body corporate to function optimally. To set a standard of good practice for the body corporate, good processes and procedures will structure the communication between the trustees and the managing agent, and will ensure that the body corporate’s funds are managed responsibly. Let`s have a look at what is expected of the trustees...