Hefty levy dropped for Jacaranda residents

2014-12-29 00:00

JACARANDA Lodge residents received their best Christmas present when the increase of almost R2 000 on their levy was dropped.

There was big concern at the retirement village two weeks ago when a document for change in management issued in 1993, was found recently.

The document stated that instead of sharing costs of the security, elevators and kitchens equally, the people with larger flats would fork out almost R2 000 extra to subsidise the rest of the flats.

Terence Talbot of Talbot Attorney’s contacted Jacaranda Lodge resident Sally Adams (82) and offered his services free of charge to the panic-stricken woman after reading about her plight in The Witness.

At an annual general meeting last week between residents, Talbot and the body corporate, the sudden implementation of the new management rule was discussed.

“The meeting went well. We all decided against the participation quota (PQ) system for various legal reasons such as the validity of the amendment,” Talbot said.

He added it would negatively affect many of the residents at the retirement village, forcing them to sell their homes and move out.

“Most of the residents are happy and relieved with the decision,” he said.

Adams said she was ecstatic as she would have had to sell the home she had worked so hard to purchase.

“I feel awesome and I must thank Mr Talbot for his assistance.

“Jacaranda is back on the map,” said Adams.

Jacaranda body corporate chairperson Lettie Grobler said Talbot was wonderful at the meeting and was happy with the outcome.

Talbot has been mandated by the body corporate to represent the retirement village from now and said he would continue to investigate the amendment filed at the lease office 21 years ago.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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