Useful information and important notices for owners and residents
Estate security and short-term rental
17 May 2019
The security of Welgevonden Estate is one of the executive committee's foremost priorities.
While we remain vigilant, we pause to acknowledge that, due to the stellar efforts of our estate manager, our security contractors and members of the executive committee, we enjoy perhaps one of the safest living environments available in the area and beyond, boasting a remarkable record.
The executive committee has, however, recently noted a sudden, alarming spike in the prevalence of short-term letting (i.e. Airbnb-type rentals) and complaints made against owners who engage in this practice.
Stellenbosch Municipality classifies short-term letting as a business in terms of the zoning applicable to Welgevonden Estate and in fact prohibits the short-term letting of an entire property with such zoning in the Stellenbosch municipal area.
The Welgevonden Homeowners’ (WHOA) constitution provides that anyone wanting to operate any type of business in the estate – short-term rental or otherwise – must first seek the approval of the executive committee. At present, the estate has no record of a single application for short-term letting having been received, nor approved.
Almost all security estates do not permit short-term letting for obvious reasons. Permitting complete strangers (and their guests) to frequent an estate exposes all of its residents to risk. This risk is imposed on the whole estate for the commercial benefit of a few owners, whom often do not even live on the estate.
Having properly considered the issue, the executive committee unanimously resolved that:
The position is confirmed that short-term letting constitutes a business, which requires prior approval;
Due to the unacceptable risk to the estate, the executive committee will not consider or approve any application for letting for a period of shorter than six (6) months; and
The estate manager is to act against unlawful short-term letting with effect from 1 July 2019.
Health and safety risks: Welgevonden dam
27 March 2019
Owners and residents will notice that new warning notices had been erected at the Welgevonden dam.
Based on the available facts, Excom maintains its earlier decision that swimming in or recreational activities on the dam is not advised. At the same time it acknowledges the fact that individual opinions might differ and accepts that anyone who decides to swim in the dam, or use it for recreational purposes, do so entirely at their own risk.
Excom will not entertain any claims that may arise as result of such actions.