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Our Conveyancing Attorneys share 5 Tips for New Property Buyers

Throughout the process of house hunting, it’s easy to overlook important drawbacks whilst admiring the charming aspects of a new home.

Buying property can be one of the most important purchases you will ever make, so be prepared and have a plan before diving into the thrill of house hunting.

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Are you liable to pay historic municipal debt due on your property?

The Constitutional Court recently held that historical municipal debt does not “survive” transfer. In other words, the new purchaser or successor in title cannot be held liable after transfer for any municipal debt incurred before transfer. Historical municipal debt referring to that debt attached to a property, which is older than two years at the date of application for a rates clearance certificate.

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A ‘Living Will’ Explained

A living will is a document that allows you to state your wishes for your medical care once you are unable to communicate your own decisions.

A living will has no power after your death.

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Land Tenure Act Unconstitutional Finding Halts Eviction

Although the government attempted to provide ownership rights to those who did not have the opportunities to these rights under apartheid, the Act was unfortunately flawed.

The Act paved the way for further gender injustices to ensue due to the fact that land tenure rights had only been granted to men in the first place.

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Withholding of Rental Deposit

It is unfortunate when tenants do their part in terms of the general upkeep of the property or paying their monthly rent on time and still have to encounter problems in terms of arbitrary withholding of the rental deposit by the landlord.

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