Wesley is an associate in STBB’s litigation department in Cape Town. Wesley obtained an LLB degree in 2014 and an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2015. After completing his articles of clerkship with STBB, Wesley was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in February 2018. Wesley specialises in sectional title dispute resolution, contractual litigation, public law, property law, evictions and debt collection. Wesley has experience with managing high caseloads and meeting deadlines simultaneously. Wesley’s experience includes advising on the High Court process, drafting memoranda of advice and conducting legal research, facilitating debt collection processes (High Court and Lower Courts), drafting and facilitating court processes, advising on mediation and arbitration processes, and managing disputes before the Rental Housing Tribunal and the Community Schemes Ombud Service.

Thought of the Week | Collection of levies in sectional title schemes

The Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act and its regulations came into effect on 7 October 2016. The promulgation of the Act and regulations brought about a new procedure to be followed when collecting outstanding levies from an owner.

Rule 25(2) of the regulations states that if an owner is in arrears, the body corporate must send a final written notice to the defaulting owner. The notice must state that the member must immediately pay the overdue contributions and charges as well as any applicable interest thereon. The notice must in addition warn the owner that the body corporate intends taking action against him/her in order to recover overdue contributions, charges and interest if the monies owing are not paid within 14 days of receiving the final written notice.

Bodies corporate and managing agents should take care to follow the new prescribed procedure. If assistance is required, contact us at STBB.