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What Implications Does a Lien Have on Eviction Proceedings: Part 1.

In conflicts between property owners and tenants seeking compensation for property improvements before leaving, eviction proceedings are possible, but success depends on location and lease terms. “I have been renting out my property to tenants for the last couple of years and the time has come for them to vacate the property. The tenants, during […]

Are You Using Your Residential Property for an Unauthorised or Illegal Purpose?

Residential homeowners must be aware of the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the case of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality v Zibi (234/2020) [2021] ZASCA 97 (9 July 2021). The outcome of this case carries significant implications for residential homeowners who utilise their homes for commercial purposes without […]

The dos and don’ts for landlords regarding the Rental Housing Act

In South Africa, the Rental Housing Act lays out important dos and don’ts for landlords. By adhering to these guidelines, landlords can maintain positive, lawful relationships with tenants, ensuring a fair and transparent renting experience for all parties involved. Landlords play a crucial role in providing safe and comfortable homes for tenants. In South Africa, […]

The ABCs of lease agreements in South Africa

Navigating the world of lease agreements can be complex and fraught with potential pitfalls. In South Africa, these agreements are an essential tool for establishing clear expectations and protecting the interests of both landlords and tenants. Whether you’re a seasoned property manager, a first-time landlord, or a prospective tenant, understanding the nuances of these contracts […]

Understanding mortgage bond cancellation: Key steps and considerations

In South Africa, the process of cancelling a mortgage bond is commonly necessitated when a property is sold or the bond is fully paid off. This procedure is intricate, consisting of several critical steps: Step 1: Notice of cancellation Initially, the property owner must submit a notice of intent to cancel the bond to the […]

Intending to buy a state-funded house? Here’s what you need to know

The Constitution of South Africa enshrines the right of everyone to have access to adequate housing. This places a mandatory duty on the state to achieve this right for all South Africans through its available resources. The government introduced the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as its social housing programme to provide low-income families with […]

Domicilium Citandi Et Executandi in South African Law

How is it possible that someone can obtain judgment against me, without my knowledge of any summons issued against me or a court date to state my side of the story? Well, in our law this could happen if you agreed to a domicilium address without notifying other parties about a change therein when you […]

What happens to your deposit if the home sale falls through?

It depends on which party is responsible. It’s every home buyer’s worst nightmare. You find your dream home; your offer is accepted; and you pay a deposit—only for the sale to fall through before the property is transferred into your name. The question now is, where does this leave your hard-earned deposit? The answer depends […]

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