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April 2019

Dear Client / Geagte Kliënt


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To “Airbnb” or not to “Airbnb” (Met Apologie Aan Wyle William Shakespeare) 


Na aanleiding van ‘n vraag deur ‘n vriend van wat hul kan doen om te verhoed dat ‘n ander eienaar in hul deeltitel-kompleks, in Hermanus, voortgaan om sy woonstel as ‘n “Airbnb” geleentheid te benut, sonder dat hy die beheerliggaam se toestemming verkry het, moes ek so bietjie wyer gaan naslaan oor wat hul en die beheerliggaam, te doen sal staan in die omstandighede. Nóg die 1986  Wet op Deeltitels, nóg die 2016 “Sectional Title Schemes Management Act,” óf die bestuurs- en gedragsreëls daaronder, bied antwoorde vir die redelik nuwe internet gedrewe bedryf.

Some of the challenges that our client is presented with, are matters relating to uncontrolled access to their scheme by visitors with remote controlled access as well as cleaning staff, general security issues, compliance with rules such as late arrivals at night, high noise levels and of course, the always present threat of lower property values within the scheme. Unfortunately these challenges were not foreseen by our law makers when promulgating aforesaid laws.

In hul gepubliseerde werk “Demistifying Sectional Title”  is die skrywers Marina Constas en Karen Bleijs, beide praktiserende prokureurs, van mening dat kort-termyn verhuring in deeltitelskemas baie groot probleme veroorsaak vir ander eienaars, inwoners en trustees en stel hul voor dat die oplossing in die volgende opgesluit lê: “To protect their complex’s reputation, maintain the security and preserve property values, sectional title trustees must ensure that the development’s conduct rules prohibit short-term letting.”

Om egter die gedragsreëls van ‘n kompleks te wysig, soos om byvoorbeeld 'n klousule daarin te inkorporeer dat geen eenheid vir tydperke van korter as ‘n periode van byvoorbeeld drie maande verhuur mag word nie, moet geskied by wyse van ‘n spesiale besluit, wat daarna ook deur die wetlik aangestelde ombudsman goedgekeur en geregistreer moet word. Hierdie proses bied sy eie uitdagings.  Die voorstel bied dus eintlik ‘n langtermynoplossing.

The answer to their problem clearly does not lie with sectional title legislation at this stage, but in many instances the solution lies with the regulations and town planning schemes of the particular city or municipality in which the property is situated. Cape Town for instance has its Development Management Scheme which has a Guest Accommodation Policy that sets out the guidelines that have to be considered when applications are made to obtain the necessary planning permissions. According to such a Policy, should an applicant wish to provide a “self-catering, flexible accommodation option in line with current trends for transient guests, visitors and tourists, then these are the guidelines that should be followed and which document is available from:

http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Guest%20Accommodation%20Policy%20-%20approved%20on%2007%20September%202010.pdf

Elke persoon wat dus ongelukkig is met die bedryf van ‘n kort-termyn verhuringsbedryf in sy onmiddellike omgewing word dus aangeraai om eerstens by sy plaaslike owerheid se stadsbeplanner kers op te steek ten opsigte van die owerheid se beleid. Indien die bedryf nie in ooreenstemming is daarmee nie, moet ‘n formele klag by die owerheid ingedien word.

Please do keep in mind that municipalities may vary greatly in how they enforce these laws and that it may even be possible that some have no legal policy or requirements in this regard at all.

Also see an interesting article “Regulating Airbnb in Cape Town” by Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband. https://mybroadband.co.za/news/government/210884-regulating-airbnb-in-cape-town.html


Regards / Groete

Hennie, Eberhard & Cheryl-Anne  |  Directors


 
 
 
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    Hennie van Zyl
DIRECTOR
021 180 4551 / 083 250 9501
hvanzyl@vzk.co.za
      Eberhard Kruger
DIRECTOR
021 180 4552 / 082 789 1706
ekruger@vzk.co.za
      Cheryl-Anne Ehrenreich
DIRECTOR
021 180 4564 / 082 783 7242
cheryl@vzk.co.za
   
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DIRECTORS: H L VAN ZYL (B.PROC); E S KRUGER (B.COMM LL.B MPRE); C A EHRENREICH (BA.LL.B LL.M)
ASSOCIATES: S JANSE VAN RENSBURG (B.COM LL.B); LI CHANTLER(B COMM LLB); D VAN ZYL (LL.B LL.M);
M VAN DEN HEEVER (LL.B); A BARNARD (B.COM LL.B DIP.FINPLANNING).
PRACTICE MANAGER: F BRAVENBOER (NDIP FIS).
CONSULTANT: J A L VAN ZYL (B.JURIS LL.B); C I’ANSON-SPARKS Solicitor in England and Wales (LL.B(HONS), DIP LEGAL PRACTICE)