WHAT ARE SECTIONAL TITLE DISPUTES?
A sectional title refers to separate ownership of units or sections within a development. When a sectional title is purchased, the owner acquires a section together with an undivided share of the common property. Common property generally includes areas such as parking bays, driveways and gardens. Sectional title disputes mostly pertain to responsibility of the parties in respect of maintenance, abuse of the common areas, payment of monthly levies and can vary as far as unsafe construction.
Sectional Title Disputes refer to disputes between owners, tenants, trustees, neighbours, body corporates and third parties relating to a number of issues, including outstanding levies, maintenance, abuse of the common area, unsafe contruction, payment of water and electricity and many more.
Where you find people living in close proximity, you will always find disagreements or dissatisfaction in one way or another. Fortunately, these problems can quite easily be resolved through negotiation/arbitration between the different parties.
INSIST ON DEALING WITH EXPERIENCED SECTIONAL TITLE LAW ATTORNEYS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES LEGALLY
Sectional title disputes are usually caused by only a few residents. Trustees and managing agents should try their best to resolve these complaints or problems as quickly, amicably and efficiently as possible. The best way to do this would be to find a commercial law attorney who is well acquainted with these type of disputes. We at Burger Huyser Attorneys have the necessary experience to resolve sectional title disputes quickly and amicably.
Trustees of sectional titles should be careful not to overstep their mandate in attempting to force owners or tenants to comply with rules of the scheme, pay outstanding levies or resolve disputes that may have arisen between parties. Homeowners living within these communities are very often afflicted by conflicting personalities in management who are dealing with disagreements on various shared interests, levy disputes as well as disregard for the community scheme’s rules.
Other disputes in sectional title schemes, such as water and electricity usage, parking spaces, disturbances, etc should rather be resolved through negotiation before hastily taking other action.