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Sectional title arbitration panel formed

The formation of a new sectional title arbitration panel means sectional title home owners can look forward to a more affordable and expedient process to resolve the disputes that inevitably arise in complexes.

With the buy-in of the chief registrar in Pretoria, applications for the new panel were reviewed by a task team comprising leading South African property industry figures, including specialist sectional title attorney Marina Constas, a director of BBM Attorneys and co-author of the best-selling book, Demystifying Sectional Title.

The 16 individuals selected for the panel are professionals from the legal, accounting and property industries around South Africa, Constas reports, and, having undergone an intensive training programme, they are now set to take sectional title arbitration and mediation to a new level.

Elaborating on the arbitration process in sectional title disputes, she explains that any disputing parties who agree can approach the Association of Arbitrators directly for an appointment.

"We shall also meet the chief registrar, to enable him to use this panel in cases where parties don't agree and have approached his office. In addition, sectional title home owners are urged to obtain a unanimous resolution to change their management rules to include a clause referring their disputes to the Association of Arbitrators.

"This will bypass the need to go to the deeds office at all," she says.


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