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rental recovery a lost cause

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A landlord who lost his property following a series of misfortunes has approached the Property Poser panel about recovering the rental arrears from the defaulting tenant. The reader let the property to the tenant who, at some stage, lost his job and became unable to continue paying the monthly rental.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 22 March 2013 Read Article

 

‘Landlord’ holds on to rental deposit

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  schalk-and-lucille-t This week the Property Poser experts deal with the issue of who should hold the deposit on a rental property. A reader writes that he recently bought a unit in a sectional title complex with the specific intention of renting it out. The letting agents have advised him that they should be holding the deposit in their trust account.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 15 March 2013 Read Article

Penalty payment on undeveloped plots disputed

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  schalk-and-lucille-t The latest question put to our Property Poser panel comes from a reader who lives in a complex where a number of owners are disputing a penalty imposed on their undeveloped plots. The reader writes that his complex is regulated by a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) whose constitution makes provision for a monthly penalty to be levied on owners who do not develop their plots within 36 months of purchase.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 08 March 2013 Read Article

Managing agent earns commission on the side

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schalk-and-lucille-t The Property Poser panel has received an interesting query from a reader regarding a commission paid to the managing agent of his complex. The reader lives in an estate that comprises both free-standing and sectional title units, resulting in the appointment of both a homeowners’ association (HOA) and body corporate.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 28 February 2013 Read Article

Buyer fights cancellation of transfer

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  schalk-and-lucille-t This week’s query for our Property Poser experts comes from a reader who concluded an offer to purchase on a property with an elderly couple. For reasons not disclosed, the sellers then expressed their wish to cancel the deal. It is not clear what steps were taken in this regard but the reader says he refused to accept the cancellation.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 22 February 2013 Read Article

Sectional title complex trustees act as unit

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A reader has asked the Property Poser experts to clarify the rules regarding the appointment of trustees in a sectional title complex. Firstly, he would like to know whether more than one trustee may be appointed from a single unit, as in the case of a husband and wife, and, secondly, whether they would be allowed to nominate each other for the position.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 15 February 2013 Read Article

Common leasing questions answered

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  schalk-and-lucille-t This week the Property Poser experts tackle a few common leasing questions from various readers.The first question relates to the payment of interest in a case where the lease agreement specifically made provision for no interest to accrue on the deposit held by the landlord.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 08 February 2013 Read Article

Late rental short circuits electricity

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schalk-and-lucille-t The Property Poser panel has received a query from a reader who arranged a late payment of her monthly rental with the agent concerned, but then found that her prepaid electricity card had been blocked. Unable to buy electricity, she has approached the experts for advice..

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 31 January 2013 Read Article

Tenant faces double rental trouble

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A reader who moved from one unit to another in the same complex has presented the Property Poser experts with an interesting situation regarding “outstanding” rental. She writes that she had an arrangement with the owner of the units that she could move as soon as a replacement tenant was found for the one she would be vacating to avoid paying rental on both.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 11 January 2013 Read Article

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