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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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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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What tax benefits are property owners entitled to in South Africa?

Are there any tax benefits for property owners in South Africa? What do you need to know when declaring income from property investments to SARS?

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Benefits of rent to buy property agreements in South Africa

Rent to buy is an attractive option for any person wanting to buy a property but who simply doesn’t have the necessary starting capital.

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Water damage in Sectional Title Schemes

When it comes to water damage and damp problems in sectional title schemes, there is often a lack of clarity around who exactly is responsible for the damage caused and who gets to fix it.

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