Demystifying sectional title

What is sectional title? How does it work?

There’s now finally a book that answers frequently asked questions and gives advice about every aspect of this community lifestyle and its accessibly with an uniquely energetic and spirited approach.

“It’s about time that there is a book that speaks to the layperson about their rights and obligations in these complexes,” say authors of Demistifying Sectional Title, Marina Constas and Karen Bleijs.

Marina is a director of BBM Attorneys, a specialist sectional title attorney, a well known speaker and qualified arbitrator. She believes in the free flow of information as an empowerment tool. Karen is a candidate attorney at BBM attorneys and also a qualified arbitrator with many years of experience as a portfolio manager at a well known managing agency. Her main focus is sectional title dispute resolution. The book is a tribute to the late Bob Gauld, doyen of sectional title in South Africa and mentor to the authors.

Sectional Title property includes townhouses and flats where an individual owns his own unit in a building. “We’re in the unique position of dealing with all the players in the industry from banks and owners to buyers, estate agents and developers. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of developments in the industry.” Interestingly, the book also deals with cluster developments, timeshare and retirement villages.

If you’re not sure of your rights when it comes to owning a sectional title flat or townhouse this book will ensure that you do. Chapters include everything from keeping pets, levies and parking to satellite television and rights of extension. It’s complete with fun cartoons as illustrations. “We believe in transparency and accessibility to the law,” says Marina. It also includes a twenty point checklist about buying into sectional title for first time buyers. “There’s enough here for the seasoned expert, but also for someone coming in cold,” says Karen.

It’s an essential handbook packed with relevant and practical information for buyers, owners, trustees, managing agents, estate agents, property developers and anybody involved with or interested in sectional title properties. “It fills the gap in the market of an easy to read and comprehensive book that states the legal position clearly, but without the confusing jargon,” says Marina before adding, “Knowledge is power!”

Need expert advice on matters regarding sectional title properties?

For the next three weeks you'll be able to pose any question to Marina Constas, sectional title attorney and co-author of Demistifying Sectional Title. The more detailed (but to the point) your question the better her answers will be.

You won't find counsel of this quality anywhere else. It's a click away and completely free!

About Marina Constas

Marina Constas is a specialist sectional title attorney and a director at Biccari Bollo Mariano Attorneys. The firm has branches in Houghton, Bedfordview, Pretoria, Umhlanga Rocks and Cape Town.

She has lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand and has published more than 30 articles dealing with specific sectional title issues. She has given public lectures on sectional title and apartment ownership in South Africa and hosted a radio show called 'Sectionally Speaking'. Marina is a qualified arbitrator and is a fellow of the Association of Arbitrators. She trains estate agents around the country on sectional title sales and her firm has secured business from a substantial percentage of the managing agents in Gauteng.

Marina is strategically involved with key players in the industry and her main focus is the regulation and improvement of standards in this highly specialized arena.

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