By the Paddocks Club team

Below are examples of two questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum. We want to show you what is available to our Community members!

Attendance by owner at trustee meetings

Member’s question:


An owner is permitted to attend a Trustees meeting – they can speak but do not have a vote at that meeting.

If the owner in question becomes disruptive, can the chairman/trustees demand that this owner leave the meeting?

Is the owner permitted to record the meeting?


Anton’s answer:


If a person disrupts a meeting to the extent that it’s business cannot be done, the chairperson is entitled to have that person removed from the meeting.

Prescribed management rule 9(e) requires the trustees to keep minutes of meetings, not owners. If the trustees use a recording of the meeting as a minute taking tool, they may do so.

It sounds as though this owner at least thinks the trustees are not trustworthy. That is the issue to settle


Inspection by a trustee

Member’s question:


If an owner has done cosmetic alterations to his unit, may a trustee inspect on completion or may it be denied by the owner.

The biggest alteration was removing the bath and replacing it with a walk in shower.

Anton’s answer:


An owner does not need the consent of trustees to do internal alterations, but the trustees are entitled to ask to inspect the section to check that there is no structural compromise to the building and, for example, plumbing connections to the common property have been properly made.


Article reference: Paddocks Press: Volume 12, Issue 08, Page 04.

Professor Graham Paddock, Anton Kelly, Dr Carryn Melissa Durham and Zerlinda van der Merwe are available to answer questions on the Paddocks Club discussion forum for Community members. Get all your questions answered by joining Paddocks Club.

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  • vivienne hoffmann
    18/09/2017 09:51

    Can a Trustee strike and not pay levies due to the complex been in a mess. Yet When buying units the complex was still been developed and phase 1 was not in a mess and everything looked in place.

    • Paddocks
      08/12/2017 10:39

      Dear Vivienne,

      Thank you for your comment. We are more than happy to help, however we do not give free opinions / advice. Please email us on with regards to your matter, and we can provide you with a no-obligation quote, so that we can assist you. Alternatively, join us on

      Kind regards,

  • Cari-Ann Bridger
    09/12/2020 13:39

    I was told that I as a homeowner can attend a trustees meeting, but I may not speak, just listen. I know I am not allowed to vote, but surely homeowners should be allowed to have a say in certain matters.

    • Paddocks
      19/01/2021 13:03

      Hi Cari-Ann,

      Thank you for your comment. Please note that our legal team would need to advise on this. Please send the details of the matter, including any supporting documentation to and the team will provide a no-obligation quote for their assistance with your matter.

      Kind regards

  • Cari-Ann Bridger
    09/12/2020 14:25

    If the municipality doesn’t collect the rubbish bins and they pile up, isn’t it up to the managing agent or trustees to sort it out?