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Landlord washes hands of blocked drains

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  A reader has contacted the Property Poser experts about a blocked drainage system in her rented granny flat, which the landlord refuses to fix. The tenant writes that the problem has affected the water outlets, including the bath and basin, and the toilet. She used chemicals to try to remedy the problem. These helped a little but only for a short while, until the main house – which is also rented out – developed serious drainage problems.

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Sudden rental hikes spike anger

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  This week the Property Poser panel deals with two similar questions regarding sudden rental hikes.  In the first instance, the reader and his family reside in his brother’s granny flat and have done so for years. His brother, the landlord, has just recently presented him with a lease agreement to sign. 

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Tenant waiting for return of deposit

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A reader has asked the Property Poser panel to help resolve a boundary wall dispute between her and her neighbour. She explains that a vibracrete wall, which is in perfect condition, separates their properties from each other. In addition, the reader has had a fully compliant electric fence installed above the wall.

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Neighbours in electric dispute over wall

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A reader has asked the Property Poser panel to help resolve a boundary wall dispute between her and her neighbour. She explains that a vibracrete wall, which is in perfect condition, separates their properties from each other. In addition, the reader has had a fully compliant electric fence installed above the wall.

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Reluctant seller derails property transaction

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  This week the Property Poser panel considers a property transaction, which has come to a halt due to the seller's sudden reluctance to sell. The prospective buyer writes that he concluded an agreement of sale with the seller for R1.6 million. It has since transpired that the outstanding mortgage bond on the property is R1.58 m and that there are outstanding rates of R80 000.

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Georgian manor house on market for R30m

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  manorhouse1-tOne of the most unique properties in Somerset West, Morton Manor, a Georgian manor house that was built in 1948 by the well-known British author, travel writer  and journalist, HV Morton, is on the market for R30 million. There is also no transfer duty payable, an added benefit for potential buyers, says Seeff agent, Jane Steven.

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XA, SA and sustainability

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  repair1-tPaarl, the Pearl of the Boland, is one of South Africa's oldest towns. The heritage that has shaped the area has been captured over centuries in the historic buildings that line its streets. One such building is Het Gesticht, an old slave church, which today is a museum that serves as a symbol of reconciliation between the communities that were driven apart by the draconian laws of the past.

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Setting boundaries on deposits and common property

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  This week, the Property Poser experts deal with a double dose of queries from readers. The first question concerns a rental deposit, while the second involves the common property in a sectional title complex. In the first scenario, the reader rented a residential property and paid over a deposit. All went well until the reader gave her notice and subsequently vacated the property.

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Mom misused in usufruct swindle

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  This week the Property Poser panel deals with a difficult mother-daughter dispute, which lies at the heart of a rather complex usufruct scenario.. It appears that the mother owns a property in a small town but she is not based near her children. One of her daughters offered to build a cottage for her mother on her property so that she could be closer to them.

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