Since the dawn of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown restrictions to contain the spread, most businesses have been pushed into financial dire straits as the markets plummet. While the tech industry has significantly grown, especially the big tech companies in Silicon Valley and anywhere else in the world, it is mostly those industries which solely operate on physical interaction terms which have been at the most disadvantage.
The Alienation of Land Act provides that for immovable property sale transactions of R250 000 and below, a cooling off period of 5 business days applies. In this period the purchaser may notify the seller and revoke the offer with no consequences.
Lease agreements are no different either, tenants are in a position to study a lease agreement before signing off and accepting rented properties. Despite having lesser bargaining power, tenants may also negotiate terms of the lease agreement with the landlord before parties eventually settle on what they agree on.
In a statement on 28 July the Minister of Finance estimated that the damage in KwaZulu Natal alone stands at R15 Billion, which by far exceeds the capitalisation of the public entity which is liable for loss emanating from public disorder, riots, and violence, being SASRIA.
SASRIA is an acronym for South African Special Risks Insurance Association which is a short-term insurance public entity listed under Schedule 3B of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999, owned by the State and under the control of the National Treasury.
Owing to the recent protests and looting in some parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, there has been much talk in the media and streets about the South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA) and its role as a short-term insurance public entity.
The Consumer Protection Act 68 OF 2008 (CPA) came into effect in 2011 with an aim of ensuring fair, competitive and responsible markets that protect South African consumers as well as to promote ethical business practices. It makes a distinction between suppliers of goods and services on one hand, as well as consumers on the other. This article seeks to implore to what extent the CPA is applicable to Estate Agents.
There are indications that not many individuals and entities were aware of SASRIA until only recently after the political riots in some parts of KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
The South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA) is a state-owned company under the National Treasury, listed under 3B of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999, as a non-life insurance company. It provides cover to individuals, businesses and government entities that have assets in South Africa against loss due to special risks that are not normally covered by private insurance companies.
The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) came into effect in 2011, and of particular interest to the brief discussion in this article it came with changes with regards to rental agreements. These changes include rights and obligations pertaining to early cancellation as well as the maximum period for a lease period.
At Van Deventer and Van Deventer Attorneys, we can never overemphasise the importance of consulting with an attorney whenever property sale transactions are concluded. This is because the legal consequences of property transactions are serious and financially substantial. In this article we will discuss things that buyers and sellers in property sale transactions need to be aware and take note of so as to ensure their interests are secure during and after the transaction.
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