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What are an owner's property rights where the property is more than 60 years' old?

The court's ruling in the case of Gees v Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Western Cape and Others may have significant consequences for property owners seeking to develop buildings over 60 years old...

By Chantelle Gladwin-Wood and Dee-dee Qolohle 10 Oct 2017

Be cautious when handing over management of an ST scheme to an executive managing agent

In the past, if a sectional title scheme appointed a managing agent, the trustees would still have to be actively involved in the decision making and management of the scheme...

By Michael Bauer 10 Oct 2017

A smiley face may end up being no laughing matter

Sending a smiley face or thumbs-up emoji could land you in legal trouble...

By Suthentira Govender 2 Oct 2017

Court declares land tenure act invalid

Parliament told to fix section which discriminates against women...

By Safura Abdool Karim 28 Sep 2017

Why the powers that be should think twice about taking land without compensation

Taking land without compensation will also have a knock-on effect that is likely to affect those the land reform programme is supposed to benefit the most...

26 Sep 2017

Property Practitioners Bill - What it means for the real estate industry and the consumer

Gazetted in March 2017 for comment, the long-awaited Property Practitioners Bill is intended to repeal the Estate Agency Affairs Act 112 of 1976 and transform the entire property market...

By Storme Heath 21 Sep 2017

What you need to know about occupational rent

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it is vital that you are familiar with the terms and conditions stipulated in the property sales agreement...

By Adrian Goslett 15 Sep 2017

Constitutional Court rules municipal debt does not survive property transfer

The Constitutional Court has ruled that historical municipal debt (meaning municipal debt attaching to a property which is older than two years at the date of application for a rates clearance certificate) does not ‘survive' transfer..

By Chantelle Gladwin-Wood and Anja van Wijk 12 Sep 2017

Title deeds: how do we fix the system?

Experts at Open Book Festival debate different approaches to dealing with property in poor neighbourhoods...

By Ashleigh Furlong 11 Sep 2017

Timber decking done right

I am often told by prospective clients that other decking contractors have told them that they do not need plans or an engineered design for their timber deck...

By Peter Bissett 4 Sep 2017

Over R650m redirected to metros infrastructure development

In response to rapid urbanisation, the forum of Ministers and MECs of Human Settlements (MINMEC) has taken a decision to redirect an over-R650m Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) to the country's five metropolitan municipalities...

1 Sep 2017

Concourt judgment a big win for real estate

New homeowners will no longer have to worry about being held liable for historical debt incurred by previous owners...

By Berry Everitt 29 Aug 2017

Conference calls for greater land ownership rights for women in Africa

Influential women from across Africa shared their findings on land policy initiatives, including women's rights to own land...

18 Aug 2017

Developer fined R1.6m for non-compliance

The NHBRC Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of R1.6m on a developer after failing to enrol residential units which were under construction at Elarduspark in Gauteng...

18 Aug 2017

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