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Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

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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Monday Jul 27, 2015

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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Friday Jul 24, 2015

The 'petiquette' of Sectional Title

The question of pets in Sectional Title (ST) schemes remains a contentious one, and is often the source of heated debate between members of the body corporate - despite the fact that the matter is clearly dealt with in the very first of the standard conduct rules.

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Thursday Jul 23, 2015

Court stops gated estate from outbidding church

An upmarket gated estate on the North Coast did not follow its own rules when it agreed to spend R7.2 million on a freehold site within its grounds apparently to fend off a potential "security threat" through a competing offer for the property from a charismatic church, "whose numbers and practices" were not known.

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Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

Don't let new furniture sink your first home with unnecessary expenses

First-time home owners put themselves at risk of losing their new home by not budgeting carefully for additional costs.

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

Request permission before starting to renovate sectional title unit

When owners of sectional title units need to renovate their properties and replace windows or doors, there are some factors to be considered, says Mandi Hanekom, operations manager for sectional title finance company Propell.

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Monday Jul 20, 2015

Flat and townhouse construction in stark decline

The number of flats and townhouse units completed in the five months to May surprisingly contracted by more than 22 percent compared with the same period last year.

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Friday Jul 17, 2015

'Show days sell homes'

A personal visit to a property strongly influences the buyer's decision as to whether or not they would like to purchase a property, says Debbie Justus-Ferns of Renprop.

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VAT or Transfer Fees: who pays what and when?

This is one of the most commonly misunderstood - and often misrepresented - areas of property sales: when does Transfer Duty apply, and what other costs come into play when Transfer Duty is not payable?"

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Thursday Jul 16, 2015

Alteration to doors and windows in sectional title schemes

In many sectional title schemes, there will come a need at some stage for an owner of a unit to renovate his property, and when windows or doors are to be changed, there are a few things that need to be considered before making those changes.

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