WHEN A TWELVE-STORY TOWER PARTIALLY COLLAPSED in Surfside, Florida, community schemes throughout the world took note. Shoddy building works, poor municipal supervision, insufficient maintenance, serious storms and the board’s refusal to raise special levies to fund repairs did not just result in arguments and legal action—these conditions cost lives. 36Continue Reading

Originally published on www.theadvisory.co.za Einstein famously said: “the only source of knowledge is experience” and while I have the greatest respect for the historical figure, I have to respectfully disagree with him on this one. My reason for doing so? I have witnessed experience alone to be the achilles heelContinue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Does the POPI Act apply to the presentation of the levy roll? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, Please can you advise with theContinue Reading

In an article in the third 2021 edition of the prestigious Journal of South African Law (pages 456 to 473), Professor C.G. van der Merwe analysed a recent Australian case which is directly applicable to sectional title management in South Africa. He confirmed that all the same principles apply toContinue Reading

On 01 June 2021, the High Court (Western Cape Division, Cape Town), delivered a judgment in respect of an urgent application in which relief was sought in relation to the reasonableness of a body corporate’s conduct rule prohibiting short-term letting and the validity of the trustees’ decision to install aContinue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! How can trustees collect rental income from a tenant if the owner has overdue levies? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, We have anContinue Reading

Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Source: https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/paddocks-press-may-2021/Continue Reading

The Community Scheme Ombud Service has been in operation for over six years and it now has a new chief ombud, Mr. Adv. Boyce Mkhize, who took office on 1 April 2021. So we need to look at the CSOS, assess the effect it has had on the community schemeContinue Reading

When engaging with the students on our Paddocks UCT Scheme Manager – Sectional Title short course online forum recently, I noted the telltale signs of widespread panic among those who work as managing agents. The root cause of the distress appeared to be the fast-approaching deadline for schemes to becomeContinue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Pest control maintenance and responsibility Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, We have a sectional title scheme where there are a lot of issuesContinue Reading

Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Source: https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/paddocks-press-april-2021/Continue Reading

The Protection of Personal Information Act (more commonly known as POPI Act) came into operation on 1 July 2020. A grace period of 1 year has been granted to all organisations to ensure compliance with the POPI Act, and the deadline of 30 June 2021 is fast approaching. This articleContinue Reading

What am I doing—apart from enjoying my semi-retirement? Working on a variety of new books. The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Navigator eBook was launched last week. This is something we have been working on for some time. The seed for this book was planted twenty years ago when a SectionalContinue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Can a utility section be owned without owning a primary section? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, Is there a principle in law thatContinue Reading

Readers may recall that at the end of September 2020 I questioned the correctness of the part of the judgment in Kingshaven Homeowners’ Association v Botha and Others (6220/2019) [2020] ZAWCHC 92 in which the judge agreed with the Community Schemes Ombud Service adjudicator’s view that she could not haveContinue Reading

One of the primary complaints received from owners in sectional title schemes around the country is, “My levies are too high, what can I do?” In order to understand why levies can be considered “too high”, we first need to understand why levies, or contributions, are necessary in the firstContinue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Who pays for maintenance of a sliding door that is entirely within a section? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, In a particular bodyContinue Reading

The Community Schemes Ombud Service has published a reasonable number of adjudicator orders, all of which are available at https://www.csos.org.za/csos_adjudication_orders/. I have added to these various orders that have been sent to me and, excluding orders that are merely formal or record settlements, in total, I now have the textContinue Reading

The global death toll from the coronavirus soared past the two million mark on Friday, 15 January 2021, just over a year after the virus was first detected. It is no surprise, therefore, that this pandemic has changed the way we do everything. One practical aspect which has been affected,Continue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Who “owns” owner contact details? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, Trustees have requested the managing agent to provide them with all the contactContinue Reading

Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Source: https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/paddocks-press-january-2021/Continue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Can a member refuse to use the biometrics access control system? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, We have recently upgraded our security systemContinue Reading

It’s holiday time again, and as South Africans, we enjoy the good old braaivleis, sunny skies and swimming pools! This year in particular, after being somewhat more regulated and cooped up, it is human to want to break free and enjoy some freedom. Given the financial hardships many are experiencing,Continue Reading

By the Paddocks Club team Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum, to show you what is available to our Community members! Can a body corporate withhold a levy clearance certificate for levies due on another unit? Member’s question: Good day Paddocks, Can a bodyContinue Reading

Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Source: https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/paddocks-press-november-2020/Continue Reading