Many sectional title owners renovate and upgrade their units over the years with the aim of adding to their living comfort and market value. These owner-installed upgrades often pose a challenge when determining the replacement cost to insure a sectional title scheme.
Insurance is often considered a grudge purchase. That is, until it is time to lodge a claim. The same can be said of a legally prescribed valuation for sectional title schemes. Bodies corporate only appreciate its value when their claim is paid out in full without any insurer dispute. In addition, a building valuation is expected to be prudently done but low-priced.
The new property levy will be determined based on the market value allocated to your property in a mass appraisal procedure. The mass appraisal techniques used by the General Valuation Roll leave ample room for error. All ratepayers will be afforded the opportunity to view the valuation roll and object to the municipal valuation if they do not agree with the assigned value.
It is important to remember is that the true intention of the STSM Act is to remedy many of the shortcomings that may currently be the cause of sectional title owners losing value in their property investments.