It is understood that the two new laws have been signed by the President and will come into operation on 1 October 2016.

  • Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 (STSM Act)
  • Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 9 of 2011 (CSOS Act)

The two new Acts significantly change the law regulating scheme management and bring the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) into operation to resolve scheme administration disputes.

A community scheme is where the use and responsibility for parts of land and buildings is shared, including:

  • sectional titles development schemes;
  • share block companies;
  • home or property owners associations;
  • housing schemes for retired persons; and
  • housing co-operatives.

If you are in a community scheme you may apply to the CSOS if you are materially affected by a dispute.