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Sectional title corner – Can I deduct improvements from my levy?


The company that runs the complex is not very helpful at all. The managing agent of the body corporate does not answer mails all the time and I do not like phoning as then I have no proof of our concerns. I have done so a few times and got no joy.

Our complex is very run down and is not being looked after. I spoke to one of the trustees and asked about maintenance to which he replied, “no comment” as when they ask for money they are told there is none.

We are batting to sell our flat as when potential buyers see the complex and surrounds and hear what the levies are they are not interested.

My partner is going to clean and make it a better view for all in the complex. We have said we would pay it out of our levies for the month of end February and give the managing agent the breakdown. Can we do this?


An owner who does something on behalf of the body corporate and deducts it from his levies must make sure that he has the trustees’ approval first. The trustees must ensure that the expense is within the scheme’s budget.

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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.


David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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  • Queenie 1st February 2019

    What can we do.
    For the last 3 years the chairman is prolonging an AGM. Because his sister owns a Units in our complex and hasent paid levies for +- 3 years.
    1. The complex despritely needs a coat of paint (10 years last painted)
    2. The complex dosent have a sign.
    3. Intercom needs to be updated.
    4.One of a unitholders sell Chickens from his garage.
    5.Extension done to some of the Units with not plans….this goes on.