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Common garden destroyed

By Tinus Coetzer on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 at 10:51

Good day.
We recently suffered a burglary to of one of the units in our complex. The owner of that unit began to act very irrationally, blaming the trustees for not having enough security measures in place. This is not the case and it was explained to them that we had done the maximum to secure the parameter within our financial means. He proceeded then to demamd the removal of plants on the common property adjacent to his unit, which had no material cause to the break-in in at his unit. The trustees explained to him that we will have a look at the gardens and should they need additional pruning it would be done. Two days later he brought in workers and hacked the entire common gardens to pieces,claiming it was a security risk. This idea was not shared by the trustees or the majority of the owners.
How can we proceed with this matter? We had our managing agents send them a letter with a fine and instruction that any repairs will be debited to his account. He is now accusing the trustees of insensitive behaviour following his burglary nut surely he had no right to destroy common property. An advice will be appreciated.


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RE: Common garden destroyed

Nicole Tavares replied on Mon, 13 Aug 2018 at 08:22

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RE: Common garden destroyed

Anne Greening replied on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 at 10:18

Hi, Tinus, Your trustees may impose fines only if your scheme has a conduct rule permitting them to do so. As this owner has damaged the common property, I believe that he may be billed for the cost of repairing the damage. Should he refuse to pay, I would suggest that you take the matter to the Community Schemes Ombud.

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