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April 2016 (Volume 11, Issue 04)

Hi Paddocks Press fan,

We've included an important update on the highly anticipated Regulations below. 

This month, Zerlinda discusses special resolutions in the video, and in the Paddocks blog she writes about whether or not you have the right to a view.

Carryn covers a very interesting topic of overcrowding in schemes and what one can do, whilst Anton covers development methodology and when sectional title schemes should actually be Home Owners' Associations.

Kind regards,
Graham

P.S. We have launched a BRAND NEW workshop in Cape Town - Exclusive Use Areas in Sectional Title Schemes, join us on 22 June 2016.

NEXT EDITION: Wednesday 25 May 2016
On the 19th of April 2016, the Department of Human Settlements ("DHS"), supported by the Community Schemes Ombud Service ("CSOS"), briefed the National Assembly Portfolio Committee for Human Settlements, on the Regulations tabled in terms of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act and the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act. 

Advocate Seeng Ntsaba-Letele confirmed to the Portfolio Committee the background to the Regulations, mentioning that in 2015 they had been published for public comment and that public information sessions had been held with 746 stakeholders in attendance nationally.  She also mentioned that the Department had received 1,648 written comments from the general public and stakeholders. 

The 23 Regulations to the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act were tabled, including the Regulations relating to the CSOS levy formula and the funding model, as well as the 8 Regulations under the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act. The Portfolio Committee chairperson said that the progress towards transformation of the housing sector should be applauded. For a more detailed report on the proceedings, see the Parliamentary Monitoring Group's report.

The next step in the process of bringing the two Acts into operation, is consultation with the National Council of Provinces, and it is expected that this will take place this week.  We will keep you updated of progress in this regard.
Paddocks Press Video 9: Special Resolutions - Paddocks
Paddocks Press Video 9: Special Resolutions

When sectional title schemes should be home owners' associations
By Anton Kelly


In this article, Anton addresses how sectional title schemes can be used for a wide variety of development types. As well as traditional blocks of flats, sectional titles schemes can be shops, offices, even factories, or combinations of these. He goes on to unpack the advantages and disadvantages of using sectional title as the development methodology.

Read the article

Overcrowding in sectional title schemes
By Dr Carryn Melissa Durham


In this article, Carryn discusses overcrowding and how it can be a major problem in sectional title schemes, and how it could lead to management difficulties. Carryn goes on further to explain how it can affect the investment, which may result in a reduction in the market value of units. In addition it could also affect the owner’s potential rental income.

Read the article
"You're blocking my view!" - Do you have the right to a view?
By Zerlinda van der Merwe
 
Is there a building, structure or tree in your scheme that is obstructing your view of Table Mountain, the ocean, or the banks of the Vaal River? If the answer to this question is yes, then Zerlinda unpacks whether or not you have a right to an unobstructed view from your unit.
 
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Join us, for one of our University of Cape Town or Paddocks industry courses, presented online, throughout South Africa.



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For further information, please contact Liam on 021 686 3950, or email liam@paddocks.co.za.
 
Questions and Answers

Here are two interesting discussions that were held on Paddocks Club this month:

1. Chairpersons concerns
2. Use of pool area by children


Prof. Paddock and the team are available to answer the Community members' questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum. Get your questions answered, by joining Paddocks Club today.

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