Cape Town estate agents and auctioneers need to register individually for permission to use show house boards and directional signage to advertise properties on show, said Annette Evans, regional manager of the Institute of Estate Agents’ of SA’s Western Cape branch.
Annual registration takes place from 1 July 2016 to 31 July for all agents and interns. It is a new legal requirement for all those who transact with the city to provide their Business Partner (BP) number – which can be found on their rates accounts. If, however, an agent does not have a BP number they should provide a copy of their Identity Document and the city will create a BP number. Interns need to supply the City of Cape Town with the BP number of their principal in order to get their permits.
Each agent receives six permit stickers for the year on approval of their application. Any boards found to have photocopied or fake permit stickers on them will be removed. In addition, agents are warned that the city can prosecute any agent who uses fraudulent stickers, said Evans.
If agents find that their stickers become faded or damaged throughout the year, these will be replaced at no cost when they return the originals.
New registrations cost R1,919 for the year and re-registrations cost R1,207.30 and applications can be made at local municipality offices.
Registration forms are available at all municipal offices. For electronic copies, e-mail Shanaaz.Chetty@capetown.gov.za or phone +27 (0)21 400 6611.
Agents are advised to take with them to the municipality offices their current Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC), proof of ID (BP number), proof of address, in hard copy form and electronically, saved as individual files onto a USB stick, in order to speed up the process.