Daniël Els is an Attorney and Conveyancer practicing at the firm’s Helderberg branch. He specialises in Property Law and Conveyancing. Daniël studied BA International Studies and LLB at Stellenbosch University. During the course of his studies, he also attended the University of Cape Town, Humboldt University of Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his law degree in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Daniël joined STBB in 2014 as an article clerk and was admitted by the High Court as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Daniël is passionate about his work, continuously striving to provide his clients with excellent service delivery.

Thought of the Week | Inviting the ombudsman into the sectional title arena

In response to the increase in consumer issues arising from sectional title tenure and living, the Department of Human Settlements has put in place new legislation in the form of a community schemes ombud service.

The office of the ombudsman will resolve disputes arising in any community scheme through mediation/conciliation or adjudication.

The Act was promulgated in 2011 and is expected shortly to become operational. Nonetheless, the ombudsman’s office has already received hundreds of matters through its website. Even though they can provide complainants with advice, a dispute cannot yet be adjudicated at this stage.

A complaint can be lodged on the body’s website at csos.org.za in writing, after which the ombudsman will examine the claim to establish whether it has any merit.

For advice and/or mediation on sectional title issues, contact the professionals at STBB

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