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Monday Dec 30, 2013

Joburg property valuations will be known soon

Joburg residents who objected to the recent property valuations will start receiving the outcome from the City of Joburg this week.

About 88 000 objections were received from residents.

City revenue department spokesman Kgamanyane Maphologela said the outcome of the municipal valuer decisions would be posted to objectors in batches and the first batch had been sent.

'The number of objections received determines how long the objection process lasts. Each and every objection is an intense one-on-one process,' said Maphologela.

'The city has to review each objection in this process using building plans, pictometary (a 3D aerial photography system), recorded footage, actual site visits and evidence provided by the objector.

'The nature of the process is one that is lengthy, and we must thank Joburgers for their patience. We aim to finalise all outcome letters by the end of March. As the objections outcomes letters roll out, property owners who are still unhappy about the results still have recourse through the valuations appeal process.' 

The city would adjust the accounts of residents affected by paying higher rates and money would be refunded if ratepayers had overpaid during the objection period, Maphologela said.

  • How to appeal 

  • Only objections against the General Valuation Roll 2013 will be considered.

  • The prescribed appeal form by the Municipal Property Rates Act, obtainable from 4th floor, A-Block, Metro Centre, 158 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, must be used. All supporting documents and evidence with regard to the appeal must be submitted.

  • The Valuation Appeal Board is an independent body appointed by the MEC for Local Government and is not a court of law, therefore a lawyer is not necessary. Any expert can be used to assist during the appeal hearing.

  • The Valuation Appeal Board consists of a chairperson with legal qualifications and experience in the administration of justice. The remaining members are made up of not fewer than two and not more than four members with knowledge of, or experience in, the valuation of property. At least one must be a professional valuer registered in terms of the Property Valuers' Profession Act. 

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