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Thursday Dec 28, 2017

Opposition to Cape Town drought levy growing

Opposition to Cape Town's proposed drought levy is growing, with a group of residents creating a portal for the public to send their individual objections directly to the City.

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Friday Dec 22, 2017

Residential tenant payments improve as rental increases slow

Residential tenant rental payments improved in the third quarter for the second consecutive quarter as average rental inflation slowed year on year for the third consecutive quarter.

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Wednesday Dec 20, 2017

Durbanville mast row headed for the courts

A row over the installation of a cellphone mast tower between fed-up Durbanville residents and the City is headed for the courts.

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Monday Dec 18, 2017

Tough times see confidence levels drop to new low points

Property building confidence in South Africa has dropped to its lowest levels in more than five years, with current business conditions in the country to blame.

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Fate of Noon Gun Tea Room sealed

Cape Town's Bo-Kaap residents have lost their appeal to save remnants of the defunct Noon Gun Tea Room at the top of Longmarket Street, with property developers winning the right to demolish the building.

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Friday Dec 15, 2017

Property owners should brace for a tough 2018

South African homeowners and prospective buyers should brace themselves for a tough 2018 that could see property rates, electricity and water tariffs, and interest rates rise.

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Monday Dec 11, 2017

'Voetstoots' clause does not remove onus to disclose defects

The "voetstoots" clause, meaning "with a shove of the foot" (that the buyer takes the property in its present condition as it is), has often been used by sellers as a disclaimer to protect themselves against any claims from the buyer if a fault is found after signing the offer to purchase."

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Electric fence installations subject to safety regulations

Electric fencing is a popular security solution in South Africa which, along with alarm systems and CCTV cameras, is used as a deterrent to would-be burglars. However, by nature it is potentially dangerous.

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If you pay more than 30% of your income to rent, you are overdoing it

South Africa tenants are urged not to spend too much on rent every month in attempts to keep up with their peers or demand "the best".

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Attorneys deny blame for house scam

While it's standard practice for a property buyer to pay the purchase amount into the transferring attorney's trust account until the property is registered, the community of Khayelitsha prefers to pay the seller directly, conveyancing law firm Heyns and Partners said this week.

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