Paddocks Press is an ad hoc free digital newsletter published to educate and update the sectional title community. The current issue (Volume 2, Issue 8) has a number of articles of interest, including:
Governance of Sectional Title Schemes compared with Freehold and Gated Villages - In a wide-ranging article, Graham Paddock compares the legal nature of sectional title schemes to freehold and gated villages. He looks at their establishment, the legal nature of the conditions imposed on owners - such as limitations on building - the legal rights of owners vis-à-vis each other and local authorities, the ownership of infrastructure, and the recovery of costs and service delivery.
Understanding the functions of sectional title property managers An overview of the role, skills and knowledge necessary to be a good sectional title property manager.
When can an owner not vote? - Management Rule 64 - Judith van der Walt looks at Management Rule 64 in which an owner is not entitled to vote at any body corporate meeting if his/her levy contributions are in arrears or if he/she has persistently breached a conduct rule.
Q & A with the Professor - Professor Graham Paddock answers the following questions:
- Can trustees obstruct autonomous body corporate meetings?
- Are there any qualifications for one to become a trustee?
- How does one prevent a managing agent and a set of trustees acting like a cabal?
- What legal action can a body corporate member take if one is dissatisfied with the action of trustees?
- Can managing agents be replaced at a lesser cost to body corporate members, with a reduction in their levies?
- What happens to the managing agents' duties now that local authorities are starting to collect rates directly from owners? How does this reduce the importance of the managing agents?
- Just what are managing agent's duties?
- How do sectional title bodies corporate function in other countries?