Free Legal Advice for Sectional Title Owners

Private Property South Africa
Press

Complex living is... complex. Specialist sectional title attorney Marina Constas, a director of BBM Attorneys and co-author of the book, "Demystifying Sectional Title",says that she continually receives novel queries from sectional title owners, bodies corporate and managing agents, after 17 years in the business.

In a recent case, the trustees of a complex were in a quandary over whether they could prevent a sectional title owner from having a burly body guard stationed in the corridor outside his front door. "They were concerned about the safety of other residents, and the negative impression being created by his presence," Constas explains. "In the end, the owner had to move his personal body guard off the common property and into his home."

Complex rules are also a consistently thorny issue, but what rules can be upheld, and what might be considered unconstitutional? Constas says that one conduct rule she encountered stated: "No children will be permitted in the complex. If an owner falls pregnant, the trustees will be entitled to request that she leave the complex." Another stipulated: "No woman may be seen kissing visitors in the corridors after 8pm."

"Owning a home in a sectional title complex can sometimes be testing, and issues are bound to arise when people are living in close proximity and sharing common property," Constas states, but concedes that in the current tough economic climate, not everyone can afford legal advice to resolve a tricky dispute. It's for this reason that, as part of BBM Attorneys' corporate social responsibility programme this year, Constas has dubbed the last week of February "Sectional Title Week", and is offering a free half-hour consultation to sectional title owners.

For more information, or to book a consultation, sectional title owners should contact: Lola da Costa by calling 011 622 3622 or emailing LDaCosta@bbmlaw.co.za.

hammer

Looking to sell your home?
Advertise your property to millions of interested buyers by listing with Private Property now!
Find out more

Share:

Found this content useful?

Get the best of Private Property's latest news and advice delivered straight to your inbox each week

Related Articles

Home seekers own due diligence
Doing your own due diligence on the cosmetics of the home you are intending to buy, will allow you to budget better.
Combat climate change from your garden
Choosing the right plants could help you combat climate change, right from your garden.
The in's and out's of property co-ownership
Joint purchasing and co-ownership are an excellent way to get a foot in the property market, but it is essential to enter the partnership with a legal agreement firmly in place.
Watch out for these holiday scams
It's is easy to get caught up in the hype of a good online deal and before you know it, you are scammed out of your hard earned money.