Please be aware that moving into a Sectional Title Scheme with animals does not grant you the automatic right to have them there, no matter how strongly you feel.
Once you have received permission to keep your pets in a Sectional Title Scheme you have a responsibility to the other tenants to ensure that your pet is not a problem.
Ensure that your pets do not damage the Unit if you are renting or that they create a disturbance.
HAVE CONSIDERATION FOR OTHER TENANTS
- Not everyone likes cats or dogs and some are nervous due to bad experiences in their past.
- People don’t like cats digging in their gardens.
- If another tenant has a bird on a stand or in a cage your cat may pose a problem for them if it is stalking the bird.
- Or they may be superstitious and this might run very deeply.
- Ensure that your pets are not a problem for other tenants in the complex.
- If you receive complaints from other tenants or the managing or trustees that you are try to resolve this amicably and speedily.
How do you try to resolve some of these issues?
- Ensure that all your pets are sterilised. Kittens and puppies can be sterilised from as young as 8 weeks.
- Sterilising cats will ensure that they are less like to go wandering, stop makes getting into fights over queens in heat, and disturb the neighbours.
- There are a number of risks your cat is exposed to when he engages in fights. Not just injury from bite wounds and scratches, but he also becomes exposed to cat diseases such as Feline Leukaemia and Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV/cat AIDS).
- Keep your cats indoors at night.
- Have a cat litter box inside and use good quality litter, change it regularly.
- And have a fun item of furniture such as a scratching post.
IF YOU WANT YO HAVE YOUR PETS WITH YOU NEVER SIGN A PURCHASE OR RENTAL AGREEMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD SIGHT OF THE CURRENT BODY CORPORATE RULES PERTAINING TO ANIMALS!!
PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER AND RENTAL AGENT TO KEEP YOUR PETS
This is only the first step as their permission applies only to the Unit as the actual permission to keep pets in a sectional title scheme is governed by the body corporate rules.
Most body corporates have rules pertaining to the keeping of animals, so you need to check and read the rules yourself.
How do you get a copy of the Body Corporate Rules?
Find out who the Managing Agent is and ask them for a copy of the current body corporate rules pertaining to animals. If they are reluctant to give you a copy although it is your right, take the sectional scheme number and go to the Surveyor General who holds the sectional scheme records for your area and apply for them there.
This is important in order to avoid heartache.
PERMISSION FROM THE TRUSTEES TO KEEP PETS
Please read http://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/permission-to-keep-pets/. Paddocks are recognised in the industry as leading attorneys in Sectional Title Scheme matters.
In brief, owners or occupiers can only keep pets in a section or on any part of the common property with the written consent of the trustees. The trustees cannot unreasonably withhold that permission. An absolute prohibition to keep a pet could be considered unreasonable.
However in schemes where the rule is amended to prohibit pets, a “grandfathering clause” may be inserted to cater for existing pets (already living in the scheme), providing that existing pets may be kept but that when they die, they may not be replaced.
- Introducing your New Cat to the Resident Cats at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-resident-dogs
- Introducing your new cat to the Resident Dogs at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-resident-dogs
- Introducing your Cat to His/Her New Home at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-hisher-home
- Reasonable Rules for Pets in Sectional Title Schems at https://scratzme.com/blog/reasonable-rules-for-pets-in-sectional-title-schemes