Looking to buy property in a sectional title scheme? Make sure you understand the conduct rules

Potential residential property buyers and investors should take advantage of the current buyers market as the prevailing market conditions are in their favour. Interest rates are at an all time low – the prime rate is now at 7.25%, the lowest rate in more than four decades – there has been an adjustment to the transfer duties of properties under R1 million and over all costs of purchasing a property are lower. This comes down to the fact that the minimum monthly installment on a R1 milllion bond will be about R1747 lower than it was in January.

Choosing between full title and sectional title

When deciding which type of property to purchase, buyers can choose between full title or sectional title. Full title describes the transfer of full ownership rights when you own a property, which includes the building and the land it is built on. Sectional title on the other hand, describes separate ownership of units or sections within a complex or development.

Many buyers are choosing to invest into a sectional title scheme because of the level of security and community that this sort of property provides. Another aspect that is making this option popular among buyers is that sectional title units are often more affordable than full title cluster homes, but generally offer similar security and lifestyle benefits.

A sectional title property includes having a Managing Agent to manage the scheme and take care of its finances, with approval of the Scheme Executives (Trustees). A managing agent, like Fitzanne Estates, is often appointed to take care of the duties of a Body Corporate, which includes collecting monthly levies, paying the scheme’s insurance premiums, arranging meetings, ensuring compliance with the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act, and ensuring that the owners and residents comply with Management Rules rules and Conduct Rules.

Why Conduct Rules matter

Conduct Rules provides the sectional title owner as well as all residents residing in the scheme with the rules of the scheme in terms of their use and enjoyment of the common property. If an owner decides to rent out the unit, these conduct rules apply to the tenants and visitors as well.

When purchasing a sectional title property from Fitzanne Estates, the new owner receive a full information guidance pack which includes details about levies, the Body Corporate and Trustees, details about the Managing Agent and a copy of the Conduct Rules.

If an owner then decides to rent out the unit, the tenant needs to understand and agree to abide by the Conduct Rules, which form an extension to the lease agreement.

Rules such as not allowing pets in a section have a fundamental impact on an individual’s decision to purchase or rent a unit and they cannot only become aware of these rules after the fact.

As per the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act, Conduct Rules need to be approved by  the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) in order for them to be enforceable. Such rules can include the following, although they differ from body corporate to body corporate.

Although the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act provides standard rules as seen in Annexure 2 of the Act, and these Rules apply to a Scheme by default in the absence of Specific Rules registered at the Deeds Office,  it does not mean that all the Rules of all the Schemes are the same.

Conduct Rules usually deal with the following:

  • Animals, reptiles and birds
  • Refuse disposal
  • Vehicles
  • Damage, alterations and additions to common property
  • Appearance from the outside
  • Signs and Notices
  • Littering
  • Laundry
  • Dangerous Acts
  • Letting of Units
  • Eradication of Pests

You can thus see that conduct rules are rules that have been created to encourage harmonious living in a sectional title scheme and to uphold the standards by which the buildings and other areas in a scheme are maintained.

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Media contact: Cathlen Fourie, +27 82 222 9198, marketing@fitzanne.co.za, https://www.fitzanne.co.za/

More about Fitzanne Estates

Fitzanne Estates (Pty) Ltd is a Property Management Company who can sufficiently administer your property investment to the benefit of the Landlord, the Body Corporate and the NPC – Non Profit Company. Services include Letting, Sectional Title Management, Full Title Management (NPC – Non Profit Company) and Sales.

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