Workshop: Sectional Title Trustee Training

One-day workshop in Cape Town

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14 July 2017

Workshop date

26 July 2017

Course Fee

R2,500 (incl. VAT)

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This one-day workshop provides the training that trustees need to manage their scheme with confidence that they are doing the right thing.

Trustees are the elected representatives of the owners in a sectional title scheme. They often have little or no understanding of the extensive legal requirements involved in sectional title scheme management and yet they are required by law to manage the scheme in accordance with them and in the best interests of the scheme.

If the trustees don’t do a good job, every person involved in the scheme suffers. The value of the units may decrease due to a lack of proper maintenance and repair, the scheme’s finances may not be properly managed and disputes can ravage the body corporate due to a lack of proper rule enforcement and decisions not being taken properly.

It benefits every owner and occupant in the scheme if the trustees have a basic understanding of sectional title scheme management and are trained in the duties and functions related to their role.

In the first module we introduce sectional title by looking at the applicable law and rules, the terminology and definitions unique to sectional title including the different types of property and what can be done with each type, the different role players and their functions as well as an overview of the decision-making processes that must be followed including how decisions can be taken at meetings or by round robin procedure.

Module two focuses on the law and rules that apply to trustees and general meetings, including how to properly call, arrange and take decisions at these meetings. It also focuses on financial management explaining the participation quotas and how the effects of the participation quotas can be varied, budgeting for scheme expenses and how general and special levies should be properly raised, scheme cash flow and levy collection as well as the legal requirements relating to scheme insurance.

This module looks at the different scheme documentation that must be available for the trustees and how to use it. It outlines the different rules applicable to a scheme and how they can be changed and enforced. It then delves into physical scheme management including exclusive use rights and the different types and implications, scheme alterations including luxurious and non-luxurious improvements to the common property, extensions of sections and extensions of the scheme, short and long leases of common property and so on.

Module four unpacks the different options for resolving disputes in sectional title schemes. It takes you through the differences as well as the pros and cons of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation as well as the provisions in the Sectional Titles Act and rules that provide for the enforcement of the scheme rules.

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Anyone who is or aspires to be a sectional title trustee and wants to be empowered in their understanding of the law relating to sectional title scheme management and practice.

Meet the Course Instructor

Zerlinda van der Merwe

Zerlinda van der Merwe

An admitted Attorney of the High Court, specialist Sectional Title Attorney (BA, LLB, LLM), Zerlinda brings a wealth of experience and forms part of the Paddocks Private Consulting Division.