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  Every day we receive questions from our readers pointing fingers at their bodies corporate, forgetting that, as owners, they are the body corporate! Our friends at Paddocks have similar issues, as the below article explains. At Paddocks, we are frequently told by owners that the “body

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Q Hi, I am an owner in a townhouse complex. With regard to exclusivity of private gardens what is the owner responsible for if a wall is coming down. Is it the owner or body corporate’s responsibility? We are in a situation where we have flats and villas. Any

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We recently received a question from Donald Steyn, an owner of a sectional title unit in Johannesburg. Steyn was unhappy with the security system at his complex and wanted to know what he can do to change it. This was his question. “When I bought my

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Q Hi, Please explain what exactly the difference is between a homeowners’ association (HOA) and a body corporate? - Yolande A Hi Yolande, an HOA and a body corporate are certainly not the same. A body corporate is a legal entity created in terms of the Sectional Titles

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In terms of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, all home owners are supposed to have a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (ECOC) – and must certainly be able to produce one when selling their property, or the transfer to a new owner will not

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Q Hi, we are currently paying a monthly levy of R1,263 to the body corporate and a monthly fee of R1,200 to the homeowners association (HOA). What amount of CSOS levy should we be paying per month? - Indira A Hi Indira, the CSOS levies would be R14 on

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Q Hi, I have met all prerequisites for extending onto common property and have received a go ahead at a special general meeting (SGM). My builder has changed the height of a wall from 1.5m to 1.7m which would change the pitch of the roof resulting in

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Q Hi, over the past weekend someone drove into the electricity substation at the complex and destroyed it. Everyone in the complex is without electricity. Our tenants are now refusing to pay rental and some of them are threatening to book into hotels and charge this to

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In the recent case of the body corporate of Empire Gardens v Sithole, the body corporate applied for the sequestration of an owner in the sectional title scheme to recover their arrears levies after they had exhausted all other remedies. The benefit of a sequestration order

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