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Sectional title corner – Do pensioners also have to pay the CSOS levy?


Hi, my parents are living in a retirement village in Durbanville, Cape Town. They have received a notice that they must pay, over and above their normal levy, the levy for the Community Schemes Ombud as well.

This is a lot of money for retired people who are receiving a SASSA old-age grant. Are there any exceptions for pensioners for this payment? – Rene


Hi Rene, the act makes provision for CSOS to give exemptions/waivers/discounts for the CSOS levy, but all they have issued so far is that the first R500 of the monthly levy is exempt. There are no other exemptions for the CSOS levies.

Ed comment: While homeowners whose levies are R500 and less per month do not have to contribute to the CSOS levy, households whose monthly net (gross income less PAYE) income is below R5,500 are entitled to a 100% waiver of application and adjudication fees. So this means dispute resolution remains a free service to low-income households – a wonderful addition to assist vulnerable households. The CSOS regulations also state that any person or category of persons who earn more than R5,500 net household income and/or pay R500 or more on their levies may lodge an application for discount and/or waiver for consideration by the Chief Ombud by filling out Form CS3A or CS3B depending on the applicant. 

Email david@hometimes.co.za if you would like a copy of the forms.

Got a burning question? Email david@hometimes.co.za and we’ll be sure to assist you.

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Karien Coetzee, national property management consultant at Trafalgar.

Karien Coetzee, national property management consultant at Trafalgar.

Karien Coetzee is the national property management consultant at property management company, Trafalgar. She holds qualifications in sectional title schemes management and homeowners association management.



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