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Q Our body corporate decided in 2013 and earlier, and then it was confirmed in 2015, that each owner will be responsible for his or her own home. This includes the roof and external walls, as well as the pruning of trees and removal of any

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Q Hi, we are in a complex of three houses which is run by a common law homeowners association (HOA). The levy is R500 so presumably our CSOS levy is zero? My question is do we have to register our HOA with the CSOS? - Tony A Hi

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Q Can the trustees change the electricity service provider without consulting owners? Has the managing agent got a responsibility to advise the trustees that owners need to be informed? Our managing agent simply dropped the new contract under our door without consulting owners or informing them of

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The regulations in terms of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (STSMA), 2011 (Act No. 8 of 2011) and the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) Act, 2011 (Act No. 9 of 2011) are effective from today (7 October, 2016). Published in the Government Gazette today, the

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Q Hi there, I heard there is another levy we will soon have to pay that has to do with a new Ombudsman? - Paul A Hi Paul, yes this is true; there is a new Ombud that has been established for all community schemes (including sectional title schemes,

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The Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (STSMA) and Community Schemes Ombuds Service Act (CSOSA) have been signed by President Jacob Zuma. While the two new acts introduce very significant changes to scheme management law, as well as bringing the CSOS fully into operation to resolve scheme administration disputes, no confirmation

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Q We need money for some maintenance at our complex and we don’t want to raise a special levy as people cannot afford it. We were thinking of creating some more parking bays and selling them to interested owners to raise the funds. We have some garages

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Q Hi Karien, we have a problem! At the AGM it was decided to elect six trustees. At the first trustees meeting after the AGM we took a vote on who would be the chairperson. We reached a deadlock – three of us voted for Alex and three voted

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Q My balcony is leaking and I need the body corporate to fix it. But the chairman tells me that it is each owner’s responsibility as you are the only one who has access to your balcony. Is this true? - Shahiem A Hi Shahiem, The answer is unfortunately not

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