Frequently Asked Questions

Specialist Sectional Title Resources

Sectional title is a form of property ownership used in multi-level apartment blocks, townhouses and a variety of other developments with shared facilities and areas.
It allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a “section”, which is generally an apartment or townhouse) and joint or shared ownership of all the other areas (called the “common property”, which includes the driveway, gardens, foyers, lifts, stairways, roofs, etc.).

Every section is allocated a “participation quota” that determines the size of the share in the common property that is co-owned by the owner of that section.

Every owner is a member of the “body corporate”, which is a legal entity that exists to control, manage and maintain all the common property. Often a “managing agent”, being a person who professionally manages sectional title properties, is employed to manage the common property on the body corporate’s behalf.

Sectional title developments can be residential, commercial, retail, mixed use (eg. commercial and residential), serviced apartments, retirement villages, caravan parks or resorts.

Sectional title schemes are created and managed under the national Sectional Titles Act, 1986. However, home owners’ associations are not governed by any national legislation. They are either established as non-profit companies or as common law associations, created to manage particular communities, often “gated” and operated separately from the surrounding properties.
The University of Cape Town Sectional Title Scheme Management, Sectional Title Specialist Estate Agent and Home Owners’ Association Management short courses are presented twice a year – once during the first half of the year and once during the second half of the year. The Sectional Title Meetings and Trustee Training courses are presented several times a year. Have a look at the specific course page on our website or contact us to find out when the next presentation of the course you are interested in starts.
Paddocks has been involved in online training for over 8 years and has trained more than 5,000 students throughout South Africa during this time.
You will either receive a certificate issued by the relevant university department or issued by Paddocks. The certificate is posted to you at the end of the course.
This depends on a number of factors: which course you sign up for, how you study, how much time you are prepared to invest in the course and how much you want to gain from it. On average students completing the certificate courses spend 5 hours per week to complete all of the required elements of the weekly module.
The only requirement is that you have access to the Internet, since the courses are conducted online. A senior certificate is recommended, but is not required.
All Paddocks’ online learning models allow you to study when and where you want. The Paddocks’ learning model is not only flexible, but also provides you with a structured and supportive learning experience to ensure that you get the most out of your studies. It also includes personalised support, both for administrative and content-related matters.

Each module of each course contains interactive learning tools, including:

  • Course notes: all of the learning material you need to complete the course
  • Video lectures: interesting video clips to make the material more engaging, or to illustrate difficult concepts
  • Quizzes: interactive quizzes with instant feedback to help you gauge your learning
  • Discussion forums: a place to ask for help and to interact with your teacher and fellow students
  • Additional resources: a wealth of additional materials, links and resources to further your knowledge
If compared to an ordinary attendance-based college – where students arrive at class, receive tuition on a number of topics, are tested and can socialise – Paddocks’ certificate course online learning model is quite similar. Students register online, receive course notes, watch video lectures and interact with remotely located lecturers. They also interact with fellow students on the online discussion forums, submit and receive feedback on assignments, complete exams and take quizzes. In the end, the goal is to assist students in learning and obtaining accreditation of their learning achievements. In this regard, Paddocks’ internet-based learning environment is no different to traditional attendance-based education.
The UCT Sectional Title Scheme Management short course is presented in conjunction with the University of Cape Town. South African universities obtain accreditation for their qualifications through the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). This body is recognised as the Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
You can order the book you want online by clicking “Order Now” on the website’s book page or you can contact us and place your order via email, fax or telephone.
Delivery via registered mail (which can be tracked) is free when ordering up to four books, but should you want your book/s couriered to you we can send it to you counter-to-counter (currently R80) or counter-to-door (currently R120) for up to two books.
Yes, you are welcome to post your question on Sectional Titles Online (see resources tab) where one of the community members will answer you. Alternatively you can Like our Facebook page and ask a question on our Wall. We answer one question a day (Mon-Fri) on our Facebook page for free. Otherwise feel free to browse through our article library and blog posts available in our resources tab – we may have written an article that answers your question.
Our Sectional Title Experts are available to advise you on your particular sectional title or home owners’ association issues in two ways:

  1. Private Consulting – Become our client. We’ll take your instructions, examine the documentation relating to your matter and, if necessary, inspect your scheme and attend meetings with you. We’ll give you bespoke and confidential legal advice, either verbally or in the form of a written opinion, write legal letters for you and so on. We’re also available to act as mediators or arbitrators or to represent you in these dispute resolution forums.
  2. Paddocks Club – subscribe to our online Club and get access to our experts who will give you their ‘off the cuff’ advice to your issues. Because all members can see the advice given to other members, the Club provides members with a powerful coaching and learning tool. Other features of the Club include weekly video tutorials, newsletters, a resource library as well as digital versions of the Sectional Survival Manual, the Act and prescribed rules which members can search using our ‘navigator’ tool.