Team Member: Justin Mason
Certified Mediator: London School of Mediation
Member of the Institute of Directors
Author of: Sectional Title Scheme Rehabilitation: A Business Plan
Estate Agents Affairs Board Exam
Honorary Life Member of NAMA
Having graduated from the University of Natal, with a B.Comm degree, Justin began his business career as a portfolio manager at Gradwells Real Estate Management in Johannesburg. Gradwells was then bought by Investec Bank, after which he and the other directors of Gradwells formed a new partnership. Their main business activities included property broking and residential Sectional Title development. Having completed a number of developments, the largest being the 201 unit Hazelwood complex, he formed his own company in 2001.
At this point Justin decided to specialize, focusing all his business activities within the Sectional Title industry. His activities have included developing Sectional Title schemes, establishing various property syndications including a R260 million Sectional Title property portfolio.
Justin has assisted various banks, most notably Standard, ABSA, First Rand and Nedbank with the development and implementation of the Joint Banks Sectional Title Training and Compliance Program. This program was implemented and managed by Voyager Property Management throughout South Africa in 2003/4. He has also conducted research on the establishment and maintenance of a national Sectional Title database on behalf of the Banking Association of South Africa.
Over the past fourteen years Justin has developed and established a financial lending package to assist financially distressed Bodies Corporate. These loan packages, which have as core elements a debtors’ rehabilitation program and a view that paying owners should not suffer any negative effects as a result of Body Corporate borrowing, have yielded fresh innovations in the financial arena of the Sectional Title industry. The phenomenal growth of this business bears testimony to the industries acceptance of this initiative.
Justin has participated and continues to participate in a number of ground-breaking advancements within the Sectional Title industry. These include his active participation within the National Association of Managing Agents (NAMA) where he was instrumental in the funding, development and national road show of a code of conduct for Sectional Title managing agents, in association with Prof. Henk Delport. This code of conduct has been submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry and the EAAB for acceptance and implementation. He was recently awarded an Honorary Life Membership to NAMA.
Justin also participated, with Prof. Graham Paddock, Prof. Corne van der Merwe and others, in various current and pending amendments to the Sectional Titles Act. The first of these was his participation, as part of a government research team, to Singapore and Australia in relation to the governments recently amended Sectional Titles Act (October 2016) to include an Ombudsman’s office to regulate and control dispute resolution. The second was various submissions to the Sectional Title Regulations Board and Parliament regarding the proposed amendments to Section 47(1) of the amended Sectional Titles Act as it then was.