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Obtaining a Rates Clearance Certificate from a local authority

A rates clearance certificate is a certificate which is issued by the relevant local municipality on application by a conveyancer for the transfer of a property.

The purpose of this document is to prove that all the outstanding debt on the property has been paid by the seller.

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Simultaneous Registrations - Registration of Deeds in South Africa

The timely registration of deeds such as bonds and transfers, in particular their simultaneous registration, is extremely important for financial reasons.

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Direct Marketing Laws in South Africa – What does the CPA say?

As an estate agent, it’s important to be familiar with the direct marketing laws in South Africa. The Consumer Protection Act South Africa (CPA) makes several provisions that affect marketing issues such as direct marketing.

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What is the difference between occupation and possession?

With respect to property, there is a distinct difference between occupation and possession which is often misunderstood.

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Contracts concluded electronically - Are they considered binding?

The 21st century has seen many advances, especially in technology, which have provided an incredible amount of freedom and accessibility with regards to communication.

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Cooling off period and sale agreements – Can I change my mind?

The cooling off period in the Consumer Protection Act may bring some serious, unwanted implications for estate agents selling property.

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Effective cause is not enough for estate agent commission

Estate agent commission depends largely on the recording, clearly in writing and without leaving room for doubt, the exact circumstances in which the seller must pay the real estate agent his or her commission.

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Owning pets in sectional title schemes in South Africa

The rules regarding owning pets in sectional title schemes are often the cause of most of the disputes that arise within sectional titles.

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Claiming interest for delay in transfers

In some cases, transfers of property are delayed due to one party failing to meet his or her obligations in terms of the sale agreement.
More often than not, these delays are caused by the buyer, not the seller.

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Child Custody in South Africa – Frequently asked questions

When it comes to child custody laws in South Africa, there are many common questions that divorcees may want the answers to.

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