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Sectional title corner – Can the chairman be a trustee & the caretaker too?

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Hi, we are a full-title complex governed by a voluntary association constitution. Can a caretaker be a trustee and be appointed as a chairman of the trustees of the complex? Meaning, can one person have this much power in a complex?


There is nothing in your constitution that is preventing anyone from being both. If you have concerns I suggest you change your constitution. Or work on a basis of common law where there cannot be a conflict of interest – in other words he can be both, but he cannot as the chairman give himself instructions (as the caretaker).

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  • TC Steenekamp 14th March 2017

    As Chairman and caretaker of a 50 unit complex… I have a list of what I am allowed to do without referring back to the Trustees. If anything falls outside of this list I consult the trustees or V Chairman.. this enables repairs to be done very quickly and most problems are resolved before they become big problems..
    In the event of an emergency I have the neccesary power and info to act without delay..
    Any member of the Body Corp can request to see my daily book which shows what has been done on a daily basis and what cash has been spent… Works well in our complex!