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Sectional title corner – Are owners still responsible for maintenance after CSOS?

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Q

Our body corporate decided in 2013 and earlier, and then it was confirmed in 2015, that each owner will be responsible for his or her own home. This includes the roof and external walls, as well as the pruning of trees and removal of any branches will need to be removed by each owner. Each property has its own wall and lock-up gate. Our levy is R550 per month.

Our questions are:

1 Is this arrangement still valid in view of the new law that came into effect in January?

2 Who is the ombud in Parys?

A

1 The only way owners can be held responsible for maintenance of the common property is where it is an exclusive-use area in terms of the rules. The rules determine that the owner is responsible for maintenance – this is not a new thing – and has always been this way.

2 Because Parys falls within the Free State province, it forms part of the KwaZulu-Natal office. Email kzn-complaints@csos.org.za.


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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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