Landlord lacks interest in deposit

Landlord lacks interest in deposit

A tenant has approached the Property Poser panel with an oft-repeated complaint about a landlord who has dealt improperly with his deposit. The reader explains that he gave verbal notice to his landlord that he would be vacating the property, which the landlord duly accepted. An inspection of the property followed but, when it came […]

Seller in suspense over instalment sale

Seller in suspense over instalment sale

A reader has approached the Property Poser panel with a number of questions regarding the sale of a fixed property by way of instalments and also the effect that a suspensive condition might have on such a sale. The reader is looking to sell his sectional title flat and has been introduced to a potential […]

Landlord throws tenant to the dogs

Landlord throws tenant to the dogs

The Property Poser panel has been approached by a reader who relocated from one city to another and moved into a rental property about a month ago. The initial inspection, conducted by the landlord and agent, only took place about a week later, whereupon it emerged that the owner was not happy with animals being […]

Splitting joint-owned property in divorce

Splitting joint-owned property in divorce

From time to time, the Property Poser experts assist readers whose property assets are a source of conflict in their divorce proceedings. In this instance, the reader was married out of community of property under the accrual system. He and his wife bought a piece of land and built a dwelling on it, where they […]

Commercial levy centre of attention

Commercial levy centre of attention

This week a reader presents the Property Poser panel with an interesting question about setting up a participation quota system for a commercial property, in this instance a shopping centre. The reader explains that the centre comprises 28 freehold stands, each with a building upon it. According to him, the “memorandum of articles” refers to […]

Neighbour’s runoff results in run-in

Neighbour’s runoff results in run-in

This week the Property Poser experts assist a reader whose neighbour’s stormwater runs across his property. The reader does not indicate if the neighbour did anything to divert the water onto his property or whether it just appears to be the natural flow of the water. He would like to know what his neighbour’s obligations […]

Conveyancer hampers transfer process

Conveyancer hampers transfer process

This week, a reader asks the Property Poser panel for help with an issue pertaining to the process of transferring a property. The reader writes that she successfully sold her property and the transfer process was handled by Attorney A. She then made a successful offer to purchase on another property and Attorney B was […]

Tenant maintains problem property

Tenant maintains problem property

This week, the Property Poser panel assists a reader who has maintenance issues with the residential property she has been renting for about a year. When the tenant took occupation of the property no inspection was done in her presence, but she duly completed a checklist and sent it to the estate agent dealing with […]

Tenant underpaid due to oversight

Tenant underpaid due to oversight

This week, the Property Poser experts deal with a situation in which a tenant has been inadvertently underpaying her montly rental for approximately a year. The reader writes that, upon termination of her lease, the agency used by her landlord to collect the rental discovered that they had been invoicing her incorrectly. The tenant had […]

Written lease better than one’s word

Written lease better than one’s word

This week, the Property Poser experts grapple with an interesting question from a tenant regarding the merits of a verbal lease contract over one in which the terms are reduced to writing. According to Lucille Geldenhuys from Lucille Geldenhuys Attorneys in Stellenbosch, South African law recognises both written and oral agreements. Lucille Geldenhuys Attorneys “In […]

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