Sectional title schemes can restrict the time building work is done on site

One problem that occurs occasionally in sectional title developments is renovation to a unit causing a disturbance to other residents in the block, says Lanice Steward, managing director of Knight Frank Anne Porter.

There are restrictions to the hours that building work can take place in sectional title schemes (and this would apply to a full title block run by an HOA as well), particularly on the weekends, when most people would be home and wanting a quiet environment over the weekend.

When planning renovations, says Steward, one must factor in the time it would take to do renovations and take into account the time restrictions that are imposed by the conduct rules of the scheme. This will have to be taken into account when working out the completion and occupation date of the renovated unit.

Although the National Building Regulations state that building can be carried out from 6:00am to 5:00pm every day apart from Sunday, these are the minimum requirements and the conduct rules of each scheme can in fact limit these hours to those that have been decided on by the trustees.

“Sectional title schemes’ rules can differ so it is best to check the times that your builder will be allowed to work on the renovations so that you don’t end up with delays due to unforeseen restrictions on the time allowed on site. It will also go a long way to keeping the relationships with your neighbours intact if you stick to the rules, and not end up antagonising the people you have to live next door to for a long time to come,” she said.

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