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Sectional title corner – You should get 30 days notice of a levy increase

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Q

I own a sectional title apartment in Honeydew, Johannesburg, and yesterday got notice of increased sewer recovery charges (from R188 to just over R200). I understand that costs rise but November and December have been backdated so for January I have to pay my usual levy with effectively three months of Sewer Recovery costs. Yesterday was the 10th and the managing agents will send me an account in the new week. The problem is this gives me zero time to plan and budget, and will send my own budget into a tailspin. If I don’t pay the full amount I get notices and end up being charged for this too.

I wonder if this is standard practice or unique to this managing agency which is either disorganised or just doesn’t give a damn about its residents. How often is a complex’s levy structure unfairly implemented and how do trustees kick out the managing agents? – John

A

Hi John, we often find it to be incorrect. You will have to send me a copy of the management agreement you have with the managing agent to be able to tell you how to get out of it.

There is unfortunately nothing that states what notice period they should give you, but the standard – reasonable – notice period would be 30 days. They should also allow you to make an arrangement should you not be able to pay it immediately; without incurring further admin fees.

I would say that this is bad management.


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Who is Karien Coetzee?

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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