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Before the coming into force of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (8 of 2011) and the Community Schemes Ombud Services Act (9 of 2011), disputes involving owners and Body Corporates were adjudicated upon by the Courts.
A sectional title complex on the South Coast was faced with a serious problem relating to fire protection during power outages.
Should the property rezoning objection be made with the intent to cause harm financially to the other party this could be considered an abuse of right to object.
The issue of engineering contribution figures that are demanded by the municipality, has been one that frequently arises and needs to be examined more closely.
You have bought your dream home in a group housing development which was designed in such a way to give each and every house a view of the ocean.
Property owners who apply for rights to change the use of their property will have to pay these amounts in order to help with the upgrading of engineering services, such as roads, sewers and parks.
According to the property law in South Africa, proposed building plans must be submitted for approval to the local authority's building department. But can your neighbours object to your building plans?
Selling property may not be as easy as many people think.
In fact, if you sell your immovable property without approved plans, this process might turn into a complete nightmare, with you forking out extra money.
In 2011, amendments were made in the Electric Fence Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act which came into effect in 2012.
But what does this mean to property owners with electric fences?
Property lawyers are often asked whose responsibility the repairs and replacements in a sectional title is.
When windows and doors require repairs, is the section owner financially responsible for it, or does the responsibility fall on the body corporate?
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