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No seller or agent wants to be in the situation where there is a dispute about who is entitled to commission. As seen previously, determining the effective cause of the sale can be difficult. Agents can and should take practical steps to avoid such disputes. Here’s how:

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Determining the effective cause of a sale of immovable property where more than one agent is involved can be notoriously difficult. There is, however, case law that sets out the main factors to be kept in mind when determining the effective cause of a sale. The

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Legislation requires that all geysers comply with certain standards and requirements in order to limit risks and damage. The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) have various regulations e.g. table B of SANS 10254 which deals specifically with the replacement of geysers. In terms of

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A Certificate of Compliance (COC) is a document that verifies that the electrical installations such as the plugs, lights, DB-board, geyser and wiring in a home comply with the legislated requirements as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993. What is covered

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In the recent case of Tudor Hotel Brasserie and Bar (Pty) Ltd v Hencetrade 15 (Pty) Ltd the court addressed the issue regarding set-off where the tenant argued that vacant occupation of the entire leased premises was not received. In this case Hencetrade (hereinafter referred to as the

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Q Hi, what effect does the death of a tenant have on a lease agreement? A In terms of the common law, a lease agreement does not automatically terminate upon the death of a party. The executor must make the decision to terminate the lease agreement and the

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It is an accepted norm that it is the seller’s right to appoint the conveyancer to oversee the transfer of the property. If the purchaser insists on appointing the conveyancer, it must be entered as a condition in the offer and the seller can then

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Q I need to relocate to another province due to work commitments, but I signed a lease agreement four months ago. I need to understand if I am entitled to cancel my lease agreement, and if so, how much notice do I need to give? Will

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In the case of Argent Industrial Investment (Pty) Ltd v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality the seller had received and paid his utility bills for five and a half years on estimated readings. When the municipality eventually took an actual reading, it was discovered that the actual consumption and

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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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