SA Affordable Housing March / April 2018 // Issue: 69 - Page 6

NEWS Deadline looms for housing schemes to register Community housing schemes like townhouse complexes, retirement villages and residential estates must soon register and pay levies to benefit from a new dispute resolution body. The deadline for registration and to have payments up to date is 31 March 2018. T he Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) is the property sector’s newest dispute resolution body, advises specialist sectional title attorney Marina Constas, a director of BBM Attorneys and a CSOS board member. She notes that so far 32 000 community schemes have registered. With 818 dispute resolution applications received in the last quarter of 2017, Constas believes that the organisation 4 MARCH - APRIL 2018 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING is making its mark and encourages community schemes not yet on board to register now. Community schemes are all required to register with CSOS and pay a quarterly levy. “The deadline for registration and to have payments up to date is 31 March 2018,” Constas explains. Elaborating on the dispute resolution process offered, and the costs, she says that owners, tenants, bodies