How does a Body Corporate deal with pet problems in sectional title schemes?

Prescribed Conduct Rule (“PCR”) 1 deals with the keeping of pets, and states: Keeping of animals, reptiles and birds: The owner or occupier of a section must not, without the trustees’ written consent, which must not be unreasonably withheld, keep an animal, reptile or bird in a section or on the common property. An owner… Continue Reading

Regulations about gas installations home- owners should know

Source: Compeg   The rapidly increasing cost of electricity has resulted in a growth in popularity among many South African home-owners to utilise gas installations in their homes. However, most homeowners are unaware that there are specific regulations that they must comply with when installing gas equipment in their homes to ensure their insurance policy… Continue Reading

Your rights as a Residential Tenant

There is a useful article on our website concerning residential leases and the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants governed by the Rental Housing Act, 1999 (e.g. what terms the lease must contain, the obligation on the landlord to invest your deposit in an interest-bearing account, the obligations on the parties to list any… Continue Reading

How To Identify Real Estate Fraud

How to Identify Real Estate Fraud Encountering property fraud can be one of the worst experiences in your life. Knowing how to identify these scams can help your family to avoid unnecessary loss and litigation. Although there are many different scams, the most common scams involve fake realtors using real listings to make themselves appear… Continue Reading

Does a municipality need a court order prior to terminating electricity to premises?

Anva Properties CC // End Street Entertainment Enterprises CC Anva Properties (The Applicant) sought an order authorizing it to terminate the electricity supply to a unit in a building situated in Cape Town. The matter was heard in the Western Cape High Court in April 2015. The Applicant is the owner of the building and… Continue Reading

Sectional Title Owners – Who is responsible for Excess Payments on Insurance Claims?

Owners in sectional title schemes believe – incorrectly – that because the body corporate insures the common property it must pay any insurance excesses (e.g. for a burst geyser)). In fact, the Sectional Title Act provides that the owner in a sectional title scheme is responsible for all excess payments on insurance claims – unless… Continue Reading

Can new owners be held liable for historic municipal debt on their property?

  In the case of Jordaan v Tshwane municipality, the Constitutional court handed down a judgment on 29 August 2017, dealing with the constitutional validity of S118(3) of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, which provided that “an amount due for municipal service fees, surcharges on fees, property rates and other municipal taxes, levies and… Continue Reading

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