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ST within an estate? Consult the rules before you renovate


In short, our Sectional Title Scheme is located within an Estate. The body corporate of the scheme manages the day to day activities and levies are also paid to the estate’s homeowners association.

The necessary written approval was obtained from the trustees of the body corporate in order to do renovations with regards to placing extended roofs over balconies (x 2), and building an “afdak” over the patio area. This is also due to damage caused by the elements to the wooden doors and frames. Consulting engineers wrote a report on the scheme stating major structural and construction defects exist overall. The roofs will all be within the boundaries of our unit and does not form a part of the common property. The same roof tiles will be used as what is currently in place. (A few years ago, owner of other units decided to do the same but not place “afdak” but smaller roof over patio – this was all allowed)

After the approval the contractor commenced work now, a week later, the estate’s homeowners association has demanded that the renovations stop until the homeowners association has given approval for the roofs which will not be enclosed.

Must approval from the homeowners association of the estate still be obtained after written trustee approval was obtained from the body corporate of the sectional title scheme? Are the two not governed by different legislation? – Christel


Hi Christel, One would need to the rules for the entire estate; they will more than likely incorporate rules pertaining to alterations in both the sectional title scheme and that of the HOA.

The board of trustees may well oversee both schemes as one entity, to ensure that the aesthetics and running of both schemes within in the estate do not at any time hinder the general appearance and value of the entire estate as a whole.

You need sight of the rules and constitution as this will give a clear indication of what can be required from you.

Editor’s note: Feel free to send us the rules and constitution if you prefer, however, based on what you’ve explained it is more than likely a case of the HOA overseeing and having to give approval for any additions, renovations or upgrades across the entire estate.

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PetraAnswered by Petra Lewis, portfolio manager at Belmont Property Management


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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