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From category archives: Legal Articles

Property & Conveyancing

What is the Property Transfer Process in South Africa?

With the sophisticated nature of South Africa’s property regime and the various role players involved in a transaction, lack of proper assistance can easily make the process more complex than it needs to be.

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Purchasing a property - First time home buyer guide

Purchasing a house is not only an asset, it’s also one of the most invigorating things one will ever do.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to purchase your own property, you will soon find out that it’s not as simple as buying a chocolate at the shop.

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Is it better to buy or rent property in a retirement village?

Many South African citizens will reach a stage in their lives when they will need to consider spending their golden years in a retirement village.

There are various retirement options available in South Africa, however each elderly person has their own specific needs and preferences when it comes to where they would like to retire.

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What you need to know about Compliance Certificates

Before the transfer of ownership on a property can take place, the owner must provide certain clearance certificates, namely; Electrical Certificate, Water Installation Certificate, Gas Compliance Certificate and Beetle Certificate.

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Buying a Property? Here's your legal checklist

For many people, buying a new home is an absolute dream come true. However, before putting in an offer to purchase, it's important to do a proper inspection of the property.

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Benefits of rent to buy property agreements in South Africa

Rent-to-buy, also known as rent-to-own, is when there is a lease agreement between the tenant and owner which provides for the rental of the property by the tenant for an agreed period of time and at the end of that time, the tenant has a chance to buy the house from the owner.

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Owning pets in sectional title schemes in South Africa

What is a family without a family pet?

Over the years, pets have become intricate parts of families and established members of the household.

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Conveyancing Attorneys and Conveyancing in South Africa

For many years, property conveyancing in South Africa has been regarded as one of the most sophisticated fields of the law. However, with property being the most expensive asset many people will ever own, this process can become complex when the parties involved do not consider all the necessary procedures and costs involved in the tranfer process.

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Sectional title: What Is The Role Of The Body Corporate?

When it comes to sectional title schemes, there is still widespread misunderstanding of even the basics, starting with the body corporate and how it is established, as well as what its functions and powers are. This misunderstanding often gives rise to many problems and disputes in sectional title schemes which could quite easily have been avoided.

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What are the Tenant and Landlord Duties?

When it comes to letting a property – both the tenant and the landlord should always enter into any letting agreements openly and honestly and intending for each party to get proper value. Often it’s the approach which the parties adopt which will determine whether the relationship between the parties and the benefits they derive therefrom is mutually satisfactory. Furthermore, there are important duties that each party is expected to do.

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