By Sanette Viljoen
A lot of people own a sectional title unit at the coast, which they only use a few times per year. May I rent out my sectional title unit as holiday accommodation?
Nowadays short-term holiday lettings are all the vogue, with an increasing number of websites that enable the owner to rent out his property easily as holiday accommodation.
However, when the property being rented out falls within a sectional title scheme, the unit is subject to the scheme’s rules. This means that before you can rent out your sectional title unit as holiday accommodation, it would be advisable to first look at what the scheme’s management and conduct rules have to say about it. Such renting out may be prohibited.
The Sectional Titles Act (95/1986) requires the owner to give the body corporate notice of any change in ownership or occupation of the unit. The owner must therefore inform the scheme’s body corporate of his intention to rent out his unit.
In addition, the owners of sectional title units must also see to it that their holiday tenants aren’t a nuisance to other residents, therefore, give your tenant/s a copy of the scheme rules and take care that they sign it as proof that you have informed them fully. One can imagine the owners of other units becoming quite upset should the holiday tenants not adhere to the rules regarding security, parking, noise, refuse removal, lights in the evening etc.
You will also have to make sure if the zoning regulations allow such short-terms lettings. If there is a restriction with regard to zoning, this could also restrict the option to rent out and you will have to obtain permission before you may do so.
So, first consult a property specialist before you rent out your sectional title unit.