There is no user manual for all aspects of homeownership, from moving, to taking occupation and to maintaining and understanding common and uncommon defects. Albert van Wyk has more than 38 years’ worth of building experience and has put all he has learned into a

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The rains that Johannesburg so desperately needed arrived in a great deluge on Wednesday (9 November, 2016) causing flash flooding which resulted in deaths and large-scale damage to property. Bearing the brunt of this disaster was the informal settlement of Setswetla in Alexandra. The settlement is

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The Community Schemes Ombud Service was officially launched today in Rosebank, Johannesburg, with officials and key stakeholders in attendance. Although the office of the chief ombudsman was established at the end of 2014, the draft regulations were only gazetted little over a month ago on 7

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The landlord-tenant game is an entirely different animal in South Africa’s popular coastal towns. Landlords and investors realise the potential for significant rental income over the busy holiday periods, while acknowledging that good long-term tenancy, and the stable income, arguably holds more benefits for an

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You may not be held liable for the debt of your home’s previous owner – or for three decades of municipal debt linked to your property. This week, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that January’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that homeowners could be

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Q We have a small complex consisting of six units: Five of the units are owner-occupied with one having a tenant in occupation. Each owner is a trustee, and I for my sins have for a number of years organised all that is necessary for the management

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