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Q I heard that the Community Schemes Ombud Services Act (CSOS), and the office of the ombudsman, has something to do with the Land Expropriation Bill. Is there any truth to this? - Craig A Hi Craig, I have never heard the two in the same sentence before. The

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Q Hi, my courtyard is part of my section registered in the deeds office and is separated by a 2m high wall from the adjacent section’s courtyard. Without consulting me the next door owner has raised this wall by four rows of bricks and intends to

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Q Hi, I have two questions: #1 For the purpose of a delineation between common property and exclusive-use property – how is this determined? Does median line come into the equation? #2 Is the outside wall of an exclusive-use area the responsibility of the body corporate or the

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Many sectional title schemes are nearing the end of their financial year (from 1 March to the last day of February) which means budgets need to be analysed very carefully for the year ahead. The increase in levies, over and above the new requirements set out in the

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Many people own property in sectional title schemes for investment purposes, and they let out their units to tenants for rental income. With accommodation reservation websites such as Booking.com and Airbnb.com, it has never been easier to find short-term tenants. In schemes that are located in holiday destination

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Q Hi, I have two questions: In order to collect the CSOS contributions do we have to open a separate account to deposit the funds into? What recourse does the body corporate have in recovering levies that are in arrears? Many thanks. - Irene A Hi Irene, we are

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Sectional title, bodies corporate and managing agents began collecting CSOS levies from January this year. But since the Gazetting of the new regulations in October last year, managing agents, homeowners associations and bodies corporate have not had clarity on where or how to transfer the

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Q We are in a complex of three houses which is run by a common law homeowners association (HOA). My question is do we have to register our HOA with the CSOS if we are not registered [as a non-profit company] and therefore do not have

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Q I own a middle-floor flat in a Sandton estate. Unfortunately, six months after I purchased the apartment, the unit above mine had a leaking kitchen pipe that leaked into my property and has damaged my walls. I have contacted the body corporate and they notified me

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