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Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

Collapsed mansion riddle

The builders blamed it on the earthquake, but the authorities are pointing to illegal building.

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'Make your lease dispute proof'

Some landlords and letting agents prefer using a standard printed lease agreement, a pro-forma lease, available from certain stationery stores.

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

Residential estate denied permit to keep giraffes

The Meyersdal Eco Estate made headlines and caused a Twitter storm last month after one of its two giraffes hit its head on an overhead bridge while being transported on a truck, leaving motorists on the N1 horrified.

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Monday Aug 18, 2014

New property rental law to come into force

Some amendments to the Rental Housing Act will mean every property lease has to be in writing and correctly drafted says Andrew Schaefer of property management company Trafalgar.

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'Consider well before fixing property loan rates'

Last month the SA Reserve Bank announced that the interest rate would go up by 25 basis points, after a 50-point increase earlier this year.

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Friday Aug 15, 2014

Rising costs, less land results in smaller properties

New houses in South Africa have become smaller over the past 20 years.

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Audit into high electricity costs for tenants

A forensic investigator is horrified to discover how many landlords are ripping off their tenants with electricity charges.

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Thursday Aug 14, 2014

Energy-efficiency project saves thousands of rand

A family of four, who are participating in an energy-efficiency pilot project, have managed to cut electricity use by 48 percent, water by 45 percent and waste going to landfill by 81 percent in a period of three months.

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Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

The law protects tenants over deposits

Many of the cases seen at the Rental Housing Tribunal concern landlords who believe their properties have been damaged and want to claim from their tenants through security deposits.

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R154 000 housing subsidy too high - Sisulu

The government subsidy for the top structure for a basic 40m social housing unit has rocketed to R154 000 from only R58 000 in 2008/09, prompting a Human Settlements departmental review.

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