Important information applicable to all prospective residents.
Of critical importance is that prospective owners need to be aware of the full details relating to our Memorandum of Incorporation as well as our Conduct rules. The full MOI is available here: MOI June 2015.
All residents need to comply with the Conduct rules available here. Rules June 2015 (extract from the MOI)
Please be aware that all prospective residents (owners and tenants) undergo a medical assessment before being granted permission to take occupation in the Village. This is in terms of our policy of residents needing to be able to live independently. It is therefore essential that this assessment is undertaken prior to committing to any Sale or Lease Agreement.
There have been several instances of Sales or Lease agreements having been signed without the new owner or tenant being aware of these details. It is the responsibility of the Seller or Agent to make this information available.
A move-in certificate is required before any furniture is allowed to be brought into the Village. This certificate will be provided to you on successful completion of your medical assessment.
When moving into or out of the Village, trucks larger than 5 tons are not permitted into the Village. You need to ensure that your removal company is aware of this in order for them to cater for a smaller shuttle truck. Transfers between vehicles have to take place at the Niven road gate. The lifts may not be used for moving furniture. There is a wide staircase that must be used.
All units at Douglasdale Retirement Village are owned as Sectional Title units. For this reason owners are free to use any Estate Agent of their choice. Any such Estate Agent has to comply with our security and other rules and requirements. Check with our reception for specific details.
We do however strongly recommend that you use the services of one of our preferred Estate Agents as these agents have extensive knowledge of the Village and the processes required. If you choose not to use one of the recommended Estate Agents there is a risk of a sale not being concluded correctly.
Some important points to consider are:
- Properties are generally in high demand and usually sell relatively quickly after coming onto the market. In most instances prospective purchasers need to make their requirements known to one of the recommended Estate Agents and then wait for a suitable property to come onto the market. Note that we do not maintain a waiting list of prospective buyers.
- A 3.5% levy is payable to the Home Owners Association on the full selling price of any unit. This levy goes towards the Village reserve fund and is an essential factor for ensuring that levy increases are stabilised.
There are a number of units that are rented out. These too are in high demand and we recommend you discuss your requirements with our recommended agents. Some units are rented out by their owners without using the services of an agent and as such you would need to be alert to any advertisement that could be placed in various media. Note that we do not maintain a waiting list of prospective tenants.