Sectional Titles

Paddocks Press – June 08

Paddocks Press is an ad hoc free digital newsletter published to educate and update the sectional title community. The current issue (Volume 3, Issue 6) has a number of articles of interest, including:

Levies - what you really need to know … - Jennifer Paddock gives an in depth analysis of levies, covering the following aspects:

  • Why are levies raised?
  • How are levies raised?
  • How is the quantum of each owner's levy contribution determined?
  • Special levies.
  • When do levies and special levies become payable, who is liable to pay them and what happens when units change hands during a financial year?
  • Can an owner ever legally withhold a levy payment?
  • Can I ever re-claim levies that I have paid to the body corporate? and
  • What sanctions do I face if I don't pay my levies?
What does body corporate insurance cover - Andrew Schaefer highlights the distinction between what the body corporate has to insure - buildings to the value of their full replacement cost. All sections and improvements. While owners must insure their own furniture, fittings and personal belongings. Including improvements if they feel their section is under insured. Insurance is a vitally important aspect of sectional title blocks schemes and policies must be revised annually, and schedules prepared.

Back to basics with Judith van der Walt - Water consumption can be a problem especially when owners pay and consume amounts of water out of kilter with their contribution to common expenses. The size of an apartment does not necessarily mean more or less consumption. For instance a small ground apartment owner could use more water than a penthouse owner. A suggested approach is to install water meters where water consumption is high, rather than to have meters for every unit.

Q & A with the Professor - Professor Graham Paddock replies to a number of questions including:
  • Notice for 'round robin' resolution.
  • Moratorium on renovations.
  • Water supply pipe and geyser damage.
  • No pets rules under the old Act.
  • Police clearances for occupiers and tenants.
  • How many trustees can represent an owner who is an artificial person?
  • Caravans and trailers
Paddocks Press Vol 3, Issue 6

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