STA - 2021

ARE ONLINE MEETINGS HERE TO STAY? – 15 March 2021

Hosting a successful body corporate general meeting is always a challenge. When a sufficient number of owners do not attend the meeting, a quorum will not be met and it can result in an unnecessary waste of time for those owners who did make the effort to attend…

CAN A BODY CORPORATE EVICT YOU OVER UNPAID LEVIES? – 11 October 2021

Body corporates are an essential – and an obligatory – part of sectional title schemes, operating for the benefit of all owners to keep property values high and communities compliant.
To do their work, body corporates rely on the levies paid by sectional title owners, but what happens when these levies aren’t coming in?…

Community housing scheme rules also bound by Constitution – 7 April 2021

It is quite common for the trustees and directors of sectional title and other community housing schemes to want to change the conduct rules of their schemes in pursuit of a harmonious and co-operative atmosphere between residents, but they must be careful not to overstep the mark and end up with rules that are actually illegal…

GUIDES FOR TENANTS, LANDLORDS AND SECTIONAL TITLE OWNERS

These housing guides, explaining the rights and duties, the resources and recourses, of tenants, landlords and sectional title owners, were developed by Yeoville Studio in collaboration with the Socio Economic Rights Institute (SERI)…

Key changes proposed for complexes and sectional titles in South Africa – 10 March 2021

Parliament’s portfolio committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has called for written comment on the Sectional Titles Amendment Bill.
The bill introduces a number of additional regulations which largely relate to the management and development of schemes including extensions and common property – with tenants and trustees less likely to be impacted…

Sectional title levies – What am I paying for? – 31 March 2021

The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act requires a body corporate to collect contributions (levies) from all members of the body corporate (in other words, all owners of sections in the scheme), in order to cover the common expenses and operating costs that the scheme will encounter during a given financial year…

SECTIONAL TITLE MEETINGS & VOTING PROCEDURES – 4 January 2021

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…

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SECTIONAL TITLE PLANS – 15 August 2021

While sectional title plans look very simple in design, it is important to understand the meaning and implications of the lines on the plans. The plans further provide essential information that is required to calculate accurate participation quotas (PQ) as it indicates the size in square meters of each section in the scheme…

WHICH DECISIONS ARE TRUSTEES ALLOWED TO MAKE WITHOUT CONSULTATION? – 14 January 2021

Trustees are appointed by the members of a scheme to manage the body corporate’s affairs. Trusteeship involves spending private time on dealing with issues and taking decisions that determines the wellbeing of the scheme. Sometimes trustees lose sight of their responsibilities and take decisions that are biased or not in line with sectional title legislation…