Aida to the res­cue in Sal­danha project

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

AN ABAN­DONED hous­ing de­vel­op­ment that was fast be­com­ing a blot on the land­scape now has a new lease on life thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of a civic-minded West­ern Cape es­tate agent.

Skip­pers Cove in Sal­danha Bay was aban­doned about two years ago when the de­vel­op­ers ran into fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

Par­tially fin­ished homes that were sold off-plan were aban­doned and van­dals moved in and started strip­ping the struc­tures.

The few units with le­gal oc­cu­pants soon emp­tied as liv­ing con­di­tions be­came un­bear­able.

But chaos is just a chal­lenge to cre­ate or­der, says Jo­han Truter, owner of Aida West Coast. At the beginning of the year he de­cided to take a hand in the mat­ter and started con­tact­ing the own­ers of the aban­doned units.

“We had dis­cus­sions with own­ers of com­pleted units and ex­plained to them the ben­e­fits of let­ting to trust­wor­thy ten­ants. We lent a hand with vet­ting prospec­tive ten­ants by do­ing credit checks on ap­pli­cants and pre­pared rental con­tracts for the own­ers,” says Truter.

Own­ers of in­com­plete units were also con­tacted and per­suaded to com­plete their units. Aida West Coast val­ued th­ese units by de­ter­min­ing the cost of com­ple­tion and ren­o­va­tion and do­ing com­par­a­tive mar­ket analy­ses. The agency is as­sist­ing own­ers with ren­o­va­tion and helps own­ers to find buy­ers or ten­ants.

Truter is in the process of get­ting a home own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion for Skip­pers Cove off the ground.

“We have ap­proached a law firm to help with the le­gal as­pects and all own­ers will be in­vited to a meet­ing to form an as­so­ci­a­tion and elect a gov­ern­ing body,” he says.

Truter also ini­ti­ated a clean-up of the premises.

“We have em­ployed a lo­cal un­em­ployed and dis­abled man to or­gan­ise the re­moval of rub­bish and in the past few months he has moved moun­tains of lit­ter, which is col­lected once a week by the Sal­danha mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s waste team.

“Piece by piece we are clean­ing up the mess on our doorstep and the Aida team as well as the own­ers and ten­ants of Skip­pers Cove can hardly wait for the day when this de­vel­op­ment is re­stored to its right­ful state.

“I firmly be­lieve you reap what you sow – and vi­able seed will al­ways yield healthy re­sults,” Truter says.

CLEAN-UP: Skip­pers Cove in Sal­danha Bay was aban­doned when the de­vel­oper ran out of funds, but is now com­ing back to life.

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