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Friday Dec 15, 2017

Property owners should brace for a tough 2018

South African homeowners and prospective buyers should brace themselves for a tough 2018 that could see property rates, electricity and water tariffs, and interest rates rise.

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Monday Dec 11, 2017

'Voetstoots' clause does not remove onus to disclose defects

The "voetstoots" clause, meaning "with a shove of the foot" (that the buyer takes the property in its present condition as it is), has often been used by sellers as a disclaimer to protect themselves against any claims from the buyer if a fault is found after signing the offer to purchase."

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Electric fence installations subject to safety regulations

Electric fencing is a popular security solution in South Africa which, along with alarm systems and CCTV cameras, is used as a deterrent to would-be burglars. However, by nature it is potentially dangerous.

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If you pay more than 30% of your income to rent, you are overdoing it

South Africa tenants are urged not to spend too much on rent every month in attempts to keep up with their peers or demand "the best".

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Attorneys deny blame for house scam

While it's standard practice for a property buyer to pay the purchase amount into the transferring attorney's trust account until the property is registered, the community of Khayelitsha prefers to pay the seller directly, conveyancing law firm Heyns and Partners said this week.

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Friday Dec 08, 2017

Building confidence worst since 2012

Confidence in the building industry in the fourth quarter of this year deteriorated to its worst level since the third quarter of 2012.

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Thursday Dec 07, 2017

Long Street residents disturbed by club noise

Occupiers of some flats in Cape Town's Long Street say the nightclubs' loud music and noisy patrons are costing them their sleep.

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Wednesday Dec 06, 2017

Cape Town approves drought levy for property owners

The City of Cape Town has approved a drought levy and increased water restrictions to level 6.

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Tuesday Dec 05, 2017

Average house price growth to decline for third year in a row

The average year-on-year house price growth for this year was likely to be slower than last year, despite year-on-year house price growth accelerating mildly in recent months.

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Protect yourself against these common rental scams

The Rawson Property Group shares some of the more common rental scams and explains how best to protect yourself against them.

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