On becoming an owner of a unit in a sectional title scheme, a purchaser is automatically bound by the scheme’s existing rules, whether or not these suit his circumstances. Prospective purchasers are therefore well advised to ask for and study the rules of the scheme prior to putting in an offer.
There are two types of rules applicable:
management rules, which govern the administrative functioning of the body corporate. These can only be changed by unanimous resolution; and
conduct rules, which govern the behaviour of owners and tenants in the scheme and deal with issues such as pet ownership, refuse disposal and vehicles. These can only be changed by special resolution.
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