Exclusive-use areas: your rights
An exclusive-use area is a part of the common property that may be allocated to you – for example, a garden, balcony or parking bay.
Although you may be granted the exclusive use and occupation of a particular area, it does not belong to you. If you are allocated an exclusiveuse area, you will have to pay for its maintenance, and your levy to the body corporate will be higher than that of owners who do not have similar rights.
There are two ways to grant exclusive-use rights:
In terms of an allocation dealt with in the body corporate’s rules; or
In the form of a notarial deed of cession registered in your name at the Deeds Office.
If your exclusive-use rights are not registered by way of cession at the Deeds Office, you should find out if these rights are permanent or temporary. For example, if the scheme does not have a parking bay for each unit, the parking bays may be allocated to different units at the body corporate’s discretion. You may not have the right to “sell” your rights to a parking bay without permission from the body corporate.