Paddocks Press is an ad hoc free digital newsletter published to educate and update the sectional title community. The current issue (Volume 3, Issue 5) has a number of articles of interest, including:
Why knowledge really is power - The necessity of having knowledge and experience when running sectional title communities is considered by Judith van der Walt. Paddocks will be presenting courses on the legal aspects of managing a scheme.
Buying sectional title property - basics and checklist - Graham Paddock gives a brief explanation of the nature of sectional title property e.g. 'sectional plans', 'common property', 'exclusive use rights', and mentions that it can be applied to offices, hotels and shops. The relationship between the area of what one owns the 'unit' and the participation quota is also touched upon. The management of schemes is looked at before he provides a checklist for buying sectional title property. The checklist is comprehensive and is worth bearing in mind by potential buyers as it could save them a lot of problems.
The common property gardens - What happens when the gardens are changed or improved? For instance all improvements to gardens which go beyond the scope of maintenance have to be approved by members by special resolution if any owner requests a meeting to discuss the suggestion.
Sectional title certifications - To date over 720 students have completed sectional title University courses under the leadership of Paddocks.
Q & A with the Professor - Professor Graham Paddock replies to a number of questions including:
- Procedures necessary to authorise improvements.
- Having an updated scheme telephone directory.
- A developer delaying registration of new sections to avoid levies.
- Increasing levies for necessary maintenance.
- Permission to park on common property.