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Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

Joburg 'Government Precinct' on again

The face of Joburg's CBD is set to be 'transformed' with the official launch of the on-off Kopanong Gauteng Government Precinct.

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Landlord need not be a property's owner

A tenant is not required to establish the landlord's right (title) to enter into a lease contract and cannot refuse to pay rental or vacate the dwelling when it is discovered that the landlord did not have permission to let.

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Cape Town acquires last of extensive undeveloped land off the N2

The City of Cape Town is moving ahead with plans to develop almost 700 hectares of land on the N2 near Somerset West for recreational, commercial, industrial, recreational and conservation purposes.

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Durban or Dirtbin?

Littering on the streets and beaches of KwaZuluNatal, fuelled by burgeoning consumerism and laziness, is taking its toll on tourism, house prices and the environment.

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Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

Gauteng's infrastructure not coping with large influx of people

Gauteng's ageing infrastructure is creaking under the weight of the people moving into the province. Buildings are becoming dilapidated, while potholes and burst pipes are wreaking havoc on the roads.

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Early precautions can save landlords money in recouping utility costs

Many rental properties don't have prepaid water and electricity meters, so landlords may receive statements of account for these each month for payment by tenants.

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'Property valuations must be accurate if a fair deal is to be achieved'

Property sellers should ask their agents to explain and justify how they arrive at the valuations they submit, and provide adequate back-up data.

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Monday Jul 27, 2015

Upper income property 'weakest link'

A noticeable feature of recent FNB Estate Agent Surveys by segment in recent quarters has been a decline in the percentage of sellers believed to be selling to upgrade to better homes.

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Fairhaven Country Estate blocks estate agent from using registered name

The Western Cape High Court has ruled in favour of a residential developer in Somerset West after an ugly spat with a real estate agent over an internet domain.

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Gated estates - who is in power?

Courts are frequently being called on to intervene in rows over money and abuse of power in gated communities, where untrained, volunteer directors are having to grapple with functions once the preserve of municipalities.

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