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[WATCH] How do we remove our trustees?



Hi, I was a trustee previously and decided to not be one in the new financial year at my complex.

Yet, at the AGM I made myself clear and asked that it be minuted that I as an owner have the right to receive the monthly disbursements of the building as well as attend trustee meetings.

It was never minuted and my request was ignored. No monthly disbursements were received and no invite to any meeting.

I took this up with the agent and the trustees and they blatantly ignored this. I believe that if they do this I now have a valid reason to stop paying my levies.

The agent also doesn’t do payments from the building’s own account. They transfer approximately R30,000 or more a month into their own account and do payments from there.

The agent has also been keeping our reserve fund money in their own trust account and no interest has been reflecting.

Another concern I have is that when a new owner purchases a unit in this sectional title complex, he gets charged approximately R1,500 once off electricity deposit by the agent claiming it’s a municipal charge. This gets refunded later when the owner sells his unit without interest. My concern here is that only the municipality can charge an electricity deposit, and the municipality only charges an electricity deposit on new accounts (buying a unit in an existing complex is not a new municipal account as there is a bulk meter for the whole complex).

What do I do next? This agent is obviously corrupt. And the trustees as well. Where do I find a good lawyer to help me sort this out? – Raymond


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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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