A Community Scheme is defined as “any scheme or arrangement in terms of which there is shared use of and responsibility for parts of land and buildings”, including but not limited to sectional title development schemes, a share block company, a home or property owner's association, however constituted, established to administer a property owner's association, a housing scheme for retired persons and a housing co-operative. Trustees, Executive committee members of Community Schemes and managing agents are governed by two relatively new acts and regulations that came into operation on 7 October 2016 and that modernise and improve community scheme management. These Acts are:
Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 (STSM); and
Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 9 of 2011 (CSOS).