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Mar 24
Housing scheme rules must also follow the Constitution

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Housing scheme rules

It is quite common for the trustees and directors of Sectional Title and other community housing schemes to want to change the Conduct Rules of their schemes in pursuit of a harmonious and co-operative atmosphere between residents – but they …

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Feb 25
Insurance essentials for community housing schemes

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insurance for community housing schemes

There is much that Sectional Title trustees and Home Owners’ Association directors can do to avoid large insurance claims arising in their housing schemes – and also much that they must do to avoid any claims that are submitted from …

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Jan 12
The secrets of budgeting success for community housing schemes

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budgeting success for community housing schemes

Good financial and cash flow management is at the heart of all well-run and efficiently operated community housing schemes, including Sectional Title schemes, shareblocks, retirement developments and Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs). And the basis of this, says Andrew Schaefer, MD …

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Dec 10
What Sectional Title schemes may do to increase income

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Sectional Title schemes increase income

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on levy income cash flow in many Sectional Title schemes this year so it is no surprise that trustees are looking for other sources of revenue, including rentals for certain parts of …

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Nov 24
Reserve Fund compliance now urgent for ST schemes

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Reserve Fund compliance now urgent for Sectional Title schemes

Sectional Title schemes that are not yet compliant with the reserve fund provisions of the Community Housing Schemes Ombud Services (CSOS) Act should rectify that position as soon as possible. So says Andrew Schaefer, MD of national property management company …

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Oct 19
Applying the POPI Act in community housing schemes

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POPI Act in community housing schemes

Community housing schemes have just a few months left to ensure that their record-keeping systems and those of their managing agents are compliant with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, which became effective on 1 July this year with …

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Sep 15
How to create ST conduct rules that really work

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sectional title conduct rules

For trustees that want to create a harmonious and co-operative atmosphere in their Sectional Title (ST) schemes, the most important thing to do is ensure that they have a set of Conduct Rules that are modern, clear and specific. That’s …

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Aug 28
Swift action needed now to collect arrear levies

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collect arrear levies

Scores of Sectional Title (ST) schemes and Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) around the country are going to be in financial trouble soon if owners don’t start making up the levy payments that were deferred during the hard lockdown imposed earlier …

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Jul 14
How to go ‘green’ in Sectional Title and keep your levies down

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Going green in sectional title

Steep annual increases in municipal electricity and water tariffs are a constant incentive for sectional title (ST) schemes and housing estates to implement alternative energy and water supply solutions, but increasingly they are also seeking other ways of making their …

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Jun 16
EMAs the quicker, cheaper option for Sectional Title schemes in trouble

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Executive Managing Agent (EMA) quicker and cheaper option for Sectional Title schemes

Sectional Title schemes that are experiencing financial difficulties should appoint an executive managing agent rather than seeking to have the scheme placed under administration. That’s the word from Andrew Schaefer, MD of leading national property management company Trafalgar, who says …

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