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Monday Jun 18, 2018

City responds to Airbnb complaints

The City of Cape Town's development management officials operate on a complaints basis, and do not conduct random door-to-door checks, says Brett Herron, the city's mayoral committee member for transport and urban development.

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Airbnb: body corporates move from prevention to enforcement

Airbnb has gained much ground in South Africa, and participating property owners are making so much money from it that many sectional title complexes and estates have given up trying to stop it.

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Battle against cell masts in suburbs intensifies

The soaring demand for faster and effective internet connectivity, has driven the need for the creation of 5th generation (5G) internet to be brought to South Africa.

But fears that 5G could lead to an explosion in the construction of cell masts has resulted in the establishment of the National Alliance Against Cell Masts (NAACM).

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Monday Jun 11, 2018

Pets in sectional title schemes a thorny issue

Trying to keep your pet in a sectional title property when there are rules imposed by homeownersÂ’ association trustees against this, is a problem often resolved only in court.

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Help for property buyers in Gap market

Buyers in the so-called gap market earn too little to qualify for home loans from commercial banks, but too much to qualify for the government's free basic housing scheme or RDP housing.

This means buyers in this market have little chance of owning their own homes - despite being permanently employed with regular incomes.

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Private sector can help with affordable housing

The demand for affordable housing is, in the mind of Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, "one of the biggest challenges Cape Town is facing at the moment", and within the affordable housing range, is the gap market.

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What happens to a tenant when a property is sold?

When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: "What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?", and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for SAProperty.com.

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Several generations in one home saves money, but needs agreements

The multi-generational living trend continues to increase throughout the world as families look to pool living costs in a world which is becoming more and more expensive.

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Tuesday Jun 05, 2018

House rules for keeping pets

It is important to know the legal requirements of pet ownership in your city before you bring a pet into your home.

"According to the Animal Protection Act of 1962, anyone who does not obey the regulations set out by the Act and its by-laws may receive a penalty of up to a fine of R4,000, and could even face imprisonment for a period of twelve months," says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX.

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Monday Jun 04, 2018

Tall walls bad for security

Security experts, for years, have been warning homeowners against isolating themselves with high perimeter walls which not only discourage interaction with neighbours, but also prevent law enforcement members, neighbours and passersby from spotting suspicious activity.

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