Eskom has launched a National Electricity Safety Week, which promotes and educates the public on the safe use of electricity.
Owners should be able to understand where their levies are going and question the amounts if they feel that they are too high.
Although it might be hard to enforce the rules of a scheme, overlooking one or other offence sets a precedent, which cannot be undone later.
It is important that sectional title rules are reviewed at least annually to ensure they remain relevant, reasonable and flexible. Read more...
To ensure a smooth process homeowners should contact their insurance provider to enquire about the correct procedures relating to a burst geyser.
To allow trustees to carry out necessary maintenance or non-luxurious improvements in sectional title blocks, levels of consent must be in place.
An owner of a property being renovated or built on should ensure that all the bodies with which they contract to do the job are properly registered.
Fixed gas appliances should be installed by a registered installer, who must supply the user with a booklet describing the safe use of gas.
Insurance is often the cause of disagreements and disputes, but it need not be if owners and trustees keep a few basic principles in mind.
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Buyers of units in homeowner association run estates should be aware of the registration of various spaces in the estate.
Gauteng residents have been warned to be extra cautious in their attempts to keep warm, following very cold weather conditions.
With another price increase in electricity on 1 July, trustees in sectional title schemes should consider the installation of power saving devices.
Expert and competent people with appropriate skills should be appointed as trustees in sectional title schemes and be paid for their work.
A section of the VAT Act was recently added which exempts homeowners' associations from having to register for VAT regardless of their gross income.
Owners must put nomination of trustees in writing and this with the consent of the nominee should be handed in at least 48 hours before the AGM.
To collect levy arrears efficiently, trustees should appoint an attorney who is experienced and understands the Sectional Titles Act.
The Act and prescribed management rules state that trustee consent must be in writing from at least two trustees or one and the managing agent.
Reserve funds up until now have been seen as an option but should be part of any sectional title scheme budget to deal with property maintenance.
To avoid problems shareholders should convert any block of flats or group housing scheme to sectional title without delay.
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