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Sectional title corner – How to auction off a unit to recover arrear levies

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Q

Hi, we are living in a sectional title complex, where the caretaker is a trustee as well as the chairperson.

This specific chairperson is in arears by R41,000 on his levies, and receives a salary – which is said to increase by 8% in the new budget.

As trustees we have requested the written correspondence as to steps taken to recover arear levies but the request seems to be avoided.

Our managing agent has also informed us that the court does not auction off sectional title townhouses, so is it pointless going that route? – Lakeisha

A

Hi Lakeisha, if your caretaker is not an owner, he can’t be a trustee and also can’t get involved with the budget or his salary.

In terms of not being able to auction off his unit to help settle outstanding levies, this is also not true; you can apply for a Section 66 to put the house out for auction. Sequestration, however, has become very difficult.


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This question was answered by experts from the Central Developments Property Group and facilitated by communications manager Alda Erasmus

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Who is Alda Erasmus?

Alda Erasmus, Cosmopolitan Projects and Central Developments Group communication manager

Alda Erasmus, Cosmopolitan Projects and Central Developments Group communication manager

After obtaining an honours degree in Corporate Communication from UJ, Alda spent 11 years living and working in the USA, the Netherlands and the UK in the financial software industry. She joined the Cosmopolitan Projects and Central Developments Property Group in 2010. Since then Alda has worked with all the divisions in the Group, including human resources, land development, project management, construction, marketing and property management.

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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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  • Donna Zi 12th September 2017

    Dear Mariette

    my unit was damaged by the work done on the roof by the bodycorporate. can i sue them for the damages

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