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Paddocks Press – October 2012

8 November 2012

Paddocks Press is a monthly free digital newsletter published to educate and update the sectional title community. The issue (Volume 7, Issue 10) has a number of articles of interest, including:

How private is your sectional after all? - Anton Kelly
Your right to control access to your property is limited
One of the fundamental rights of property ownership is the right to control who comes onto your property. But like many other rights, this right is limited. Officials of the local municipality, Telkom technicians and, of course, the police may enter your property against your will, under the right circumstances. Additionally, in sectional title schemes, the right to control access to your property is limited in two particular ways.

In this article, Anton discusses two ways in which your right to control access to your property is limited.

New plumbing certificate of compliance - Larry Berger
City of Cape Town gazetted new Property Sales by-law
The City of Cape Town has finally gazetted a new Property Sales by-law that is now in effect. Just like the Electrical Certificate of Compliance (COC), a Plumbing COC is now needed when a property is being sold. One of the important changes is that a Certificate of Compliance of water installation must now be obtained and submitted to the City upon the transfer of a property to a new owner. This applies to domestic, commercial, and industrial properties, and includes sectional title units.

In this article, Larry unpacks the reasons for the new by-law and what it applies to.

Proposed amendments to Sectional Titles Act - Kate Blake
Proposed amendments to ST Act, 1986 explained
The 2012 Proposed Amendments to the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 were made available for comment earlier this month; although the comments have recently closed, we wanted to provide you with a brief outline of the proposed amendments to eleven sections of The Act.

In this article, we outline and explain the eleven sections of the Act which have proposed amendments.

Q&A with the Professor - Prof Graham Paddock

  • Who must pay excess on geyser claim?
  • Rising damp 

Paddocks Press Volume 7, Issue 10

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