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Wednesday Aug 31, 2016

What is the right security deposit for property rental?

The security deposit that landlords request from the tenant secures the protection of their rental investment. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the deposit sum is considerable enough to cover the rental property.

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Payment date of levies is the first day of the month, with no exceptions

Owners of units in sectional title schemes might think their levy account payment is only due by the 7th of each month, but the plain truth is payments of levy accounts are due on the 1st day of each month, payable in advance as resolved by the trustees.

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Retirement village in electricity bill dispute with Tshwane

A retirement village in Centurion had to hurry to court to obtain an urgent order against the City of Tshwane to prevent its 350 residents - with an average age of 84 - from having their electricity supply cut by the city.

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Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

Joburg's billboard battles continue

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) is at loggerheads with the City of Ekurhuleni over numerous illegal billboards the municipality has approved on bridges and along freeways, particularly along the R21 towards OR Tambo International Airport.

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Cape residents cry foul over film by-laws

Cape Town's plan to amend two of its by-laws to regulate filming in the city has been slammed by Constantia residents for "commercialising" the neighbourhood.

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Monday Aug 29, 2016

Public protector takes on Durban billing issues

A retired magistrate is leading the charge against "massively increased bills" from eThekwini municipality as residents complain of receiving bills more than 10 times the amount they normally pay.

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Runway realignment to impact Cape Town's northern suburbs

All appears on track for the Airports Company of SA (Acsa) to proceed with plans to realign its main runway at the Cape Town International Airport, despite concerns from residents of the noise impact on their neighbourhoods.

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Over-supply subdues Joburg's rental market

In some Joburg suburbs ongoing property development is dampening the rental market as supply begins to exceed demand.

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Sectional-title transactions slow as first-time buyer pool shrinks

According to the FNB Estate Agent Survey, first time buying has declined in significance in recent times, from an estimated high of 28 percent of total home buying as at the second quarter of 2014 to 21 percent of total home buying by the second quarter of this year.

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Layman's guide to real estate jargon and property legalese

"There's no such thing as a stupid question when you're entering into a legally binding contract, so if you're not sure of something, ask. It's far better to ask a simple question ahead of time than sign something you don't understand and end up in very costly hot water afterwards."

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