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Can you change PQ calculation for levies

By james hetfield on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 at 14:47

I live in a sectional title scheme of townhouses that are mostly double volume. i.e. most of the units have an upstairs in them. Some of the units do not have an upstairs.

A "bigger" unit will have a ground floor area of around 80 sqM and a loft of around 50 sqM. the PQ will be based on 80 + 50 = 130.
The "smaller" units have a ground floor area of 65 sqM and no upstairs loft area. The PQ for these units is based on 75 sqM.

The walls however are almost the same height. These units takes almost the same space in the total common property but pay about half as much levies when compared to everyone else. Can the PQ be adjusted to reflect only the ground area footprint of the unit? Alternatively can the body corporate and trustees vote to make all the levies the same for all units?
The "smaller" units have the same number of features as the "bigger" units but get a reduced levy on maintenance. For instance there are about 8 wooden frame windows and doors on each unit (irrespective of size). Special levies for the units was calculated and the "smaller" units paid half the amount a "bigger" unit paid even though they treated the same number and size of windows. The "larger" units seem to be subsidizing the "smaller" units

Some owners with loft levels have extended their lofts to increase their total "floor area", but this is not reflected in the PQ. If the PQ is based on floor area alone shouldn't their PQ increase?

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RE: Can you change PQ calculation for levies

Murray Bennett replied on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 at 01:14

https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/levies-on-an-equal-per-ownerq-basis/

https://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/how-to-extend-the-boundaries-of-sections/

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