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A complex stormwater problem

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  schalk-and-lucille-t The Property Poser experts are often inundated with queries about stormwater run-off from neighbouring properties, and this week’s scenario comes from a reader who lives in a sectional title complex. The reader explains that the area in which he lives was flooded some time ago, while he was abroad.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 21 December 2012 Read Article

 

Homeowner blocked by occupation certificate

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A reader has approached the Property Poser panel about an occupation certificate, which stands between him and the dream home he has built. The reader writes that the residence is nearing completion after four years. He tells us that the project was not financed via a mortgage bond and that he built only as and when he had cash reserves to do so.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 14 December 2012 Read Article

AGM decision does not hold water

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  schalk-and-lucille-t This week the assists the owner of a unit in a sectional title complex, who questions the validity of a decision to install water meters by his body corporate. The reader writes that he attended the annual general meeting (AGM), which was apparently held at an inconvenient time for most of the owners.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 07 December 2012 Read Article

New owner queries rental commission

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  schalk-and-lucille-t The Property Poser panel has been approached by a reader who recently purchased a property that includes a garden flat with an existing tenant. The reader says the previous owner entered into a year-long lease agreement about three months ago and the lessee would like to stay on despite the change of ownership.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 30 November 2012 Read Article

Keeping pedestrians off private property

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  schalk-and-lucille-t The Property Poser panel helps a reader this week whose elderly parents have had to sell their house due to financial difficulty, but have now been served with an interdict halting the transfer process. The reader explains that when their issues started they fell in arrears with the bond payments.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 23 November 2012 Read Article

Good fences make good neighbours

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  schalk-and-lucille-t This week the Property Poser experts dispute the old adage that good fences make good neighbours, as they assist a reader with a query about whether she can erect a fence between two adjoining properties without the other party’s consent. The reader alleges that her neighbour built an illegal one-metre high retaining wall on her side of the divide...

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 16 November 2012 Read Article

Buying life rights to retirement unit

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A reader who owns a unit in a retirement village has questioned the Property Poser panel about the legalities surrounding the sale of life rights, specifically with regard to usus and habitatio. He is renting the unit out but an elderly couple has approached him with an offer to purchase the right of occupation.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 09 November 2012 Read Article

Landlord unmoved by tenant’s request

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  schalk-and-lucille-t A reader who is renting a flat has approached the Property Poser panel about the possibility of moving into a vacant flat in that same block. Although she has not provided much background information, it appears that the flat adjacent to hers has become available and the reader would like first option on taking occupation.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 31 October 2012 Read Article

Landlord throws tenant to the dogs

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schalk-and-lucille-t 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 allowed inside.

By Lucille Geldenhuys and Schalk van der Merwe 26 October 2012 Read Article

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